MOOCs — massive open online courses — have made a splash in the international higher education industry. But after a visit to Cambridge by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan last month, the disruptive technology will soon get a push in the Middle East.

Kirk Carapezza reports at WGBH News' On Campus blog:

At edX headquarters, Her Majesty told staffers that new technologies like massive open online courses, or MOOCs, can jumpstart education reform in her country — and across the Middle East.

"Being able to provide these courses to people all over the world, and giving them the opportunity to be exposed to the best of the best in terms of education, there's nothing more fair than that," Al Abdullah said.

The queen has long advocated for better education in the Arab world. Five years ago, she launched an initiative to educate one million Arab youth by 2018.