Europaeum members enter into world of MOOCs
MOOCs – massive open online courses – have been discussed regularly in our bulletins over the past two to three years. Now, Oxford, which had stood steadfastedly against MOOCs has launched its first MOOC on Poverty, from its Blavatnik School of Governance, which attracted over 40,000 participants globally. Most other Europaeum partners have a long involvement in this form of innovative distance learning. – something for everyone and invariably free. Leiden offered its first MOOC in 2013 and its variety and offer has been steadily increasing, 19 programmes today ranging from evolution to music to law and security, recording 480,000 participants from 196 countries. Paris has since 2015 offered 10 courses – most in French. Barcelona has been active since 2014, with 19 MOOCs on offer ranging from microscopy to the Middle Ages to 21st century entrepreneurship, with 180.000 participants. The Complutense, too, has launched 7 MOOCs, mostly, while the Graduate Institute (IHEID) launched its first-ever MOOC early in 2017, on the topic of Globalisation, with a second MOOC on Global Governance scheduled to open in November. The Jagiellonian launched its first MOOC on European Culture and Politics just last October, drawing more than 10,000 learners from across the globe. Due to its success, the course will be repeated in 2017 as well. At the University of Helsinki, MOOC courses were opened in 2015 and many are offered in both English and Finnish. Finally the LMU Munich is exploring new forms of collaborative learning through its MOOCS, freely available on the Coursera platform. Please see our full survey of the offer of Europaeum partners in our latest Fact Survey review here.