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Higher education Online: MOOCs the European way

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What research questions the project addresses, aims & themes

The HOME project aims  to develop and strengthen an open network for European cooperation on open education, in general, and MOOCs, in particular. The specific objectives of this project of HOME are to:

  • determine the opportunities and characteristics for a European cooperation on MOOCs and to further develop these characteristics based on European values like openness, equity, quality and diversity;
  • explicate and develop the didactic and pedagogic models for MOOCs on a European scale
  • develop the conditions for shared educational services in offering and monitoring European MOOCs
  • develop sustainable business models for joint efforts on these European MOOCs at a global, European, national and institutional level.
  • build up a sustainable open knowledge network for these types of MOOCs which is open to the whole world.
  • initiate activities in different learning communities to enhance European-wide competence development on main topics related to developing and offering MOOCs
  • create guidelines and the policy incentives on a local, national and European level for an open knowledge network in MOOC offerings.

How the research questions are addressed by the project (methodology and activity/environment)

The HOME project has three  phases.

  1. Overall analysis of the opportunities and characteristics for European cooperation on MOOCs
    To inform this analysis HOME issued a call for position papers, and organised a conference to which several authors who had submitted papers were invited.
  2. Creation of open expert groups, which will collaborate to deliver in depth analyses of needs and opportunities, competence development and development of guidelines  along four themes: pedagogical approach, shared services, business models, and the creation of a knowledge network.
  3. Reporting conclusions from previous phases.

Current activities

The project is currently in phase 2, i.e. expert groups are starting analysis of needs and opportunities.

The latest news from the project is available at

Findings and outputs

The papers submitted for conisation for inclusion in  the conference on the opportunities and characteristics for European cooperation on MOOCs have been published as ‘Position papers for European cooperation on MOOCs’.

The ten selected for presentation at the ‘Mapping The European MOOC Territory’ conference which took place in November 2014  are available in a separate document.

A report on a survey on institutional MOOC strategies in Europe was published in  February 2015.

The project organised a  conference ““WOW! Europe embraces MOOCs” in November 2015. The conference included papers from speakers from across Europe on a variety of themes including  MOOC platforms, media coverage, pedagogical approaches and service and business models.  The papers are available from the HOME project web site.

People involved

Andrew Brasher, Patrick McAndrew and Martin Weller  from IET.

Project partners and links

The partnership also includes 20 other institutions from across Europe.


European Commission, Dg EAC, under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Start Date and duration

January 2014, 30 months.

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