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June 2016

U.S. Launches Free Worldwide Online University Courses For Refugees

On World Refugee Day, the US Department of State collaborates with Coursera to launch 1,000 free open online courses for refugees worldwide.

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Op-Ed: Technology can revolutionise university access | Daily Maverick

This is supposed to the era of the “massive open online course”, but universities and teachers are being slow to embrace this opportunity to make university learning available to a much wider audience. By KYLE ROTHER.

Launch of MOOCs-for-Refugees Program

The U.S. Department of State and massive open online course provider Coursera are partnering to launch Coursera for Refugees, a program to offer career training to displaced people around the world. The program will focus on nonprofits that help refugees, which will be able to apply for fee waivers to access the Coursera course catalog. The organizations will then be able to offer free access to MOOCs to the refugees they serve. The State Department will help Coursera find organizations that can host in-person cohorts of refugees enrolled in the same MOOC.

Copyright Challenges in a MOOC Environment

The intersection of copyright and the scale and delivery of MOOCs highlights the enduring tensions between academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and copyright law in higher education.

Microsoft to design app for Indian govt’s open online courses | ETtech

Microsoft has been selected as the technical partner for HRD ministry’s SWAYAM platform that will launch 2,000 massive open online courses for over th..

Biochemistry MOOC aims to help get young people into molecular bioscience

A new online course in biochemistry, developed by the Biochemical Society and the University of East Anglia in conjunction with FutureLearn, aims to improve basic skills in molecular bioscience and to encourage students aged 15-19 to develop an interest in further study in this area.

UTM apology welcomed, revamp on MOOC urgently needed

The MCA Religious Harmony Bureau welcomes the open apology by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid Omar on the erroneous comments made by the lecturers teaching the TITAS (Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia) compulsory module.

Cornell U, U Queensland Partner on Shark MOOC — Campus Technology

Cornell University and the University of Queensland have partnered to offer, via edX, a new massive open online course about sharks.

CMI and the OU using a MOOC for the first time for management qualifications | Training Journal

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in partnership with The Open University Business School (OUBS) CMI and OUBS have developed the Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager MOOC to address the growing appetite for online education by digital savvy managers. According to CMI’s 2015 Learning to Lead report, only 20 per cent of managers say that digital learning they have undertaken has been accredited.

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