Who I am

My Short version ( decided to create it after I saw how long my post became )

Trainer, Life and Executive Coach

Life Long Learner (inquisitive, always exploring and learning, energized by learning)

Very interested in Online Learning especially the use of Virtual Worlds. Experiment with Coaching, Learning and Teaching in SecondLife

Egyptian living and working in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

First MOOC was EduMOOC and now enrolled in Pedagogy First and Change11

My Long version (one reason why I am usually afraid of writing, it gets too long and it takes me too long to write)

I am a Trainer and Life and Executive Coach. I worked in the corporate world for over 26 years and recently I started my own consultancy offering my clients Learning and Development solutions. As a trainer, I specialize in what is usually called soft skills such as a variety of Management and Leadership skills, communication skills, Train the Trainer, Coaching etc. I am also a certified MBTI and PSI ( similar to MBTI and based on the same theory) practitioner ( my profile is ENFP ). I am a Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner and Coach as well as a Parenting Effectiveness Training facilitator. I have a TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language) certificate.

Life long learning is an important part of my personality and way of life. This lead me, in 2000, and after some research, to enroll in an Online Masters degree inΒ  Flexible Learning with a focus in Online Learning. While I was unable to complete the degree,Β  I learned a lot about myself as an online learner and also about what worked and what, I think, would have helped me.

Being inquisitive by nature and interested in exploring and learning new things combined with my love of the internet and my interest in online learning, I stumbled on Second Life in 2009. Ever since, I have been actively learning about virtual Worlds in general and Second Life in particular and found in them a great potential for learning and development but also solutions for some of the difficulties I faced as an Online Learner. So far I have experimented with Coaching and Teaching languages in Second Life as well as attending classes and conferences related to both Second Life and Real Life.

A couple of months ago I discovered MOOCs and attended my first one which was EduMOOC Online Learning Today and Tomorrow. I tried to participate but I found it very intimidating and overwhelming most of the time and I ended up lurking most of the time. It felt more like attending a conference ( perhaps a point to discuss in another post). However, I loved something about the experience, the challenge, the potential for learning and connecting that I am now enrolled in two new MOOCs … Pedagogy First and Change11

hmmmm I think I need to refresh my HTML writing skills to make my posts look the way I want them to. πŸ™‚

I am excited to be learning with so many people from all over the world and who come with such diverse experiences.


5 thoughts on “Who I am

  1. It is so good to see you in both MOOCs, Maha! I’m making the stretch, too, because I don’t won’t to miss either.

    You know, I was more the lurker in EduMOOC than I have been in other MOOCs. I enjoyed the live sessions because the speakers were thoughtful though the interface was weirdly static. Just never managed to find my groove though.

    You know that I teach in Second Life and if you ever want to join us to see how our live class works, just pop in. We’d love to have you. We meet 7 to 9 pm EDT most Mondays. You’ll find the SLurl here under LIVE Classes — http://bookhenge2011.wikispaces.com/

    Btw, congratulations on your new business. Sounds exciting!

    1. Thank you so much Cris for your kind welcome. I knew that you were involved with SecondLife somehow because of your picture but I didn’t know that you taught there. This really sounds exciting and I would love to come and see. Thanks for inviting me πŸ™‚

  2. Welcome to Pedagogy Online Maha! I have just emailed you too and then saw your tweet about your blog!
    I am hoping to be able to share some of my excitement about teaching in virtual worlds like Second Life with course participants later in the course – so maybe we could work out something together πŸ™‚ Have you used Kitely (www.kitely.com) by the way? I am thinking it may be a good way to introduce new people to virtual environments – if you want to have a look at one of my Kitely worlds you are welcome to visit here – http://www.kitely.com/virtualworld/Clare-Atkins/PotCert-Haven
    Looking forward to catching up with you inworld some time!

    1. Thank you so much Clare πŸ™‚ I would love to do something in Second Life especially for those who’ve never tried it before. I never used Kitely but have been to OSgrid and Jokaydia. Thank you for the link. I will have a look at it for sure. πŸ™‚
      hmmm I have to make up my mind on which alt to use πŸ˜‰

  3. I am so glad to land up on your site via twitter. I too consider myself a Life Long Learner with a quest , zeal , passion about Learning and continued Education.
    Maha, look forward to interacting with you and learn from your vast experiences.

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