Siena University launches first online Italian course
Telefonica and Universia have announced that their e-learning platform MiriadaX has reached the milestone of 2 million registered students around three years after launching. The platform for MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) is based on collaborative learning and the free use of educational resources as well as innovative technologies. Students can choose a diverse range of technology, language and management subjects, all accredited by the best Spanish and Latin American universities.
MiriadaX is currently the second-largest MOOC platform in the world and the first in Spanish, with a sequential growth rate of 7.5 percent, equivalent to 100,000 new registrations per month.
Coursera is an educational company that collaborates with Stanford, Duke, Princeton, the London School of Economics, The University of Melbourne and other institutions to offer free online classes. With more than 300 classes on its website, Coursera needed to track student data, store and deliver videos, and enable students and teachers to interact with each other. By using Amazon Web Services, Coursera can handle half a petabyte of traffic each month and scale to deliver courses over 3 million students in one year.
Peter Mellow’s insight:
Nice video with Coursera talking about their Cloud hosting with Amazon.
It is 1873. Something unique is about to happen.
A steam-train gathers speed in the background. Carriages on cobbled streets. In a dark room children sleep. In another room, a man reads a newspaper. In the kitchen a woman sits. She takes out a notebook, envelope, stamp and a package of brown paper containing a book and and a letter. She saves the string and paper from the package in a kitchen drawer and opens the book with bright eyes and begins to read. The book is “Epochs of Modern History” by Edward E. Morris.
Do you remember the first time you heard about a ‘MOOC’? Maybe it was through a sponsored ad on Linkedin. Or a friend’s Facebook post urging you to enrol – along with her and 160 000 other participants – in Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) MOOC (those are real numbers!). Or maybe it was during the “post-launch” phase, let’s call it, when academics and journalists began to write about the Massive Open Online Course asking: “Are we or are we not in the midst of an educational revolution?” Over the last few years, respected periodicals like The Atlantic Monthly (top of my reading list) and The Guardian have been taking up that question with increased vigour. If memory serves me correctly, it was an ex-crush’s enthusiastic social media posting in 2011 that brought the ‘MOOC’ to my attention.
This Massive Open Online Course – MOOC – which offers a practical and theoretical approach, is designed to help you experience a booming 21st century learning process as well as help you create your own sMOOC (social MOOC) in a step by step way.
At ECO Project, we will provide you with a space in one of our ECO’s platforms to host – for free – the SMOOC you create.
This sMOOC “Step by Step”is conducted in six languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. It has been developed by a multidisciplinary team from a dozen professional institutions and has been built with their own MOOC experience and expertise in the ECO project and in accordance with its specific pedagogical model based on social constructivism.