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Applications now open for Ireland’s first MOOC

23 February 2013

The Institute of Technology Sligo (Sligo, Ireland) will now become Ireland’s first public higher education institution to offer a free online course or a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC).

Traditionally, colleges charge fees for online programmes and offer accreditation upon completion.  By comparison, under the MOOC model, courses are free, are not accredited and have ‘massive’ enrollments. Ireland’s first MOOC will commence at IT Sligo this September and will take the form of a free, six-week online course in Lean Sigma Quality, the foremost quality process improvement approach for companies in the manufacturing and service industries. The first MOOC will be delivered by Brian Coll and Dr John Donovan, academics from the institute’s School of Engineering & Design who both lecture on the Institute’s online BSc and MSc in Quality.

 
For more information or to sign up for IT Sligo’s MOOC click here.
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Matriculación gratuita Cursos Online Masivos en Abierto (MOOC's)

17 February 2013

Miríada X, plataforma de Cursos Online Masivos en Abierto (MOOC’s), ofrece formación gratuita a través de 58 MOOC’s ofrecidos por 18 universidades iberoamericanas.

Los usuarios de Miríada X pueden matricularse gratuitamente en todos aquellos cursos que sean de su interés. Pueden cursar estos programas formativos sean o no alumnos de la universidad que los imparte.
Miríada X ofrece a los equipos docentes de las 1.232 universidades iberoamericanas socias de la red Universia una plataforma para publicar e impartir MOOC’s, a los que se puede acceder desde cualquier parte del mundo de manera gratuita. 
La información sobre los 58 MOOC’s se puede consultar en este listado de cursos.

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Over 6,500 New Additions to Network of Open Online Museum Collections

08 February 2013

Thanks to funds from UK-based Jisc, about 6,500 newly digitised museum objects from University College London and the University of Reading are now available to students, teachers, and the public at large.  

 

 

Rare Ancient Egyptian artefacts (enhanced by 21st C. 3D imaging), digital images of zoological specimens, strange and beautiful anatomical prints, sixteenth-century portraits, and intriguing nineteenth-century scientific gadgets are just some examples of the digital artefacts recently added. 

 

 

 “Teaching using museum objects is increasingly popular in universities. However, hands-on time is always limited and providing access to our collections digitally overcomes barriers to independent student learning,"  says Leonie Hannan, teaching fellow in object-based learning at University College London. 

 

This online compendium of objects, which will add to a bank of 150,000 already existing digital resources from the two museums, can be freely viewed, downloaded, and used on a Creative Commons licence. It is available through Culture Grid, the UK gateway to heritage resources. 

 

Also available is a broad range of interdisciplinary Open Educational Resources (OER) that are both apt for online learning, and suitable for burgeoning initiatives like Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)These OER's can be accessed through JORUM (the online educational resource sharing site), using the search term OBL4HE.

 

"We’re proud at Jisc to see how university museum staff has joined forces with academic colleagues and students to ensured the resources created respond to the needs of the teachers and learners," asserts Paola Marchionni, programme manager at Jisc.

 

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17 April 2014
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European Multiple MOOC Aggregator

16 April 2014

The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) aims to showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs on different subjects and in different languages. 

About EMMA

 

EMMA will provide a system for the delivery of free, open, online courses in multiple languages from different European universities to help preserve Europe’s rich cultural, educational and linguistic heritage and to promote real cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning. The EMMA team are taking a deliberate multi-lingual, multi-cultural approach to learning by offering inbuilt translation and transcription services for courses hosted on the platform.

 

EMMA is a 30 month pilot action supported by the European Union. The website will aggregate and host courses provided by European universities who wish to provide their courses in multiple languages. Secondly, the platform will allow users create their own learning paths by bringing together various units from different MOOCs. 

 

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There are 12 partners involved in EMMA at the start-up stage although according as the project grows, the plan is to involve other universities, helping them to make their MOOCs available through the EMMA platform. The project is led by the Federica team at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy and involves 3 Open Universities; Universitat Oberta De Catalunya in Spain, Open Universiteit Nederland in the Netherlands and Universidade Aberta in Portugal. 4 Traditional universities are involved to provide MOOCs and other support, they are the University Of Leicester, UK, Université de Bourgogne, France, Tallinn University, Estonia and Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. CSP – Innovazione Nelle ICT S.C.A R.L., Italy is a partner and will be supporting the implementation of the platform, while ATOS in Spain will be leading on the exploitation work. IPSOS srl, Italy will take care of market analysis and ATiT in Belgium are responsible for dissemination.

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New EMMA project brings multilingual MOOCs to Europe

15 April 2014

The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA) was launched April 14, 2014. The project, led by 12 universities and companies in 8 European countries, will provide access to MOOCs in different languages using automatic transcription.

EMMA is a 30-month pilot project supported by the European Union. Its goal is to allow learners to access MOOCs in different languages with the help of automatic transcription. The pilot will offer a total of 16 MOOCs, aiming to involve over 60 000 participants. 

 

The website will aggregate and host courses provided by European universities who wish to provide their courses in multiple languages. Secondly, the platform will allow users create their own learning paths by bringing together various units from different MOOCs. 

 

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The first MOOCs will go live in September 2014 and the course descriptions are already available on the EMMA website, although registration is not yet open. 

 

Project coordinator Rosanna De Rosa commented, “EMMA provides an exciting opportunity for both students and MOOC providers in Europe to benefit from a simple user-friendly platform that provides unique multilingual access to MOOCs – we are looking forward to rolling out this service in the coming 6 months.”

 

Stay updated by signing up for the newsletter on the project website or following EMMA on Twitter. 

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Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

14 April 2014
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11 April 2014
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