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July 2016

MOOCs guide for policy-makers in developing countries – University World News

Dr Qian Tang, UNESCO’s assistant director-general for education, highlighted the benefits of online learning and MOOCs.

He said: “MOOCs are excellent for promoting lifelong learning – courses offered free to countless people offer access to higher education to those who can’t afford formal education and are disadvantaged; this is democratisation of higher education.”

In addition, MOOCs reduced the disconnect between skills and aptitudes of most university graduates and the needs of industry in many developing countries, he said. There was high use among adults, especially women, so greater gender equality in areas where women were under-represented.

Tang recognised it might be too costly for higher education institutions in some countries to offer high-quality content, but MOOCs could help deal with this challenge.

HRD Ministry mulling launching ‘Swayam’ platform for online courses

The HRD Ministry is mulling launching its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform ‘Swayam’ that will host over 2,000 courses for up to 3 crore students across the country.

What’s Uni Like? MOOC information session

Event Description

Join us as Josu Abrego-Sanz from Charles Sturt University offers an overview of the newly created Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): What’s Uni Like? The session will include time for discussion, as well as the opportunity for networking following the event.

What’s Uni Like? is a MOOC in which participants build pre-tertiary achievement levels and explore aspects of the transition to university. The course addresses the key areas of student expectations, transition to university life, academic writing and reading, digital literacy and online learning skills. As a non-branded course, it promotes university study in general. The course is free-of-charge, easily accessible and self-paced.

Please feel welcome to share the invitation with anyone from your institution who would benefit from learning about this fantastic resource.

Study: MOOC learning outcomes unchanged by customized instruction

A recent study shows dividing massive open online course (MOOC) learners into groups based on communication preferences did not improve completion outcomes.

Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion — Campus Technology

A research project at Pennsylvania State University looked at how to improve the completion rate for people who undertake massive open online courses — a rate that currently stands at a dismal 10 percent.

Study abroad programs to get a boost through MOOC

The State Department, along with Arizona State University, is creating training modules to help colleges strengthen their study abroad programs.

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