The Education faculty at the OU is now offering you the chance to take part in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). These courses are offered for free and are open to all.
The 'formal' OU students on the course will come out of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and study in the OpenLearn environment, alongside the open, informal learners. The MOOC offers an opportunity to study with a wide range of learners and also to explore a different mode of studying, with learners all keeping their own blogs and these beings gathered together into a course blog.
While the OU has a large open education offering, including OpenLearn and iTunes U, which could be studied as a MOOC, it has not offered a time-limited structured course openly – until now.
MOOCs have recently become popular in distance learning through providers in the USA, including Stanford, MIT and Harvard universities. Large numbers are taking up the opportunity of access to free learning material for example a course in Artificial Intelligence had over 120,000 learners subscribed.
Contact Margaret Allott for more information.
Find out more:
- Study the Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education
- Institute of Education Technology