Oxford kick-starts MOOCs programme
Oxford starts MOOCs in partnership with edX: There is good news for students and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) proponents, as Oxford has officially opened enrollment for its first MOOC. The announcement is a part of the university’s Digital Education Strategy.
The MOOCs programme is a joint collaboration agreement between the University of Oxford and edX, a leading nonprofit online learning destination.
Speaking about the development, Professor Sarah Whatmore, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, explained that the collaboration will give the university leverage to build capacity as it moves ahead to develop and deliver other online education experiences to students. She added that the move is part of Oxford’s broader agenda to deliver open education resources to be used by students, academics and the people from across the world.
Students can now enroll for the first MOOC course, ‘From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development,’a course that looks into the intricacies of government involvement in economic development. Video lectures, case studies, and comparative analysis are some of the learning activities used during the six-weeks long programme.
Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean at the Blavatnik School of Government, believes that MOOCs will help take knowledge beyond the classrooms of Oxford and make it accessible for the common people. With better access to research and education, these people will have the tools to improve their governments.
The innovative programme includes a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and boasts a global outlook. It will also support Oxford’s Digital Education Strategy, which comprises podcasts which can be availed through the University’s website and iTunes U.
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