Bringing together a crowd of about 150 staff, external stakeholders and partners of the University of Sydney, the MOOC Launch was a great celebration of innovative and engaging learning at its best.
These Massive Open Online Courses, also called MOOCs have been booming in the last few years, following the example of prestigious American universities such as Stanford University and Princeton University. These appeal to a large crowd of students and professionals wanting to get more knowledge on a topic in a more flexible context. In fact, MOOCs are quintessentially free to all and only require a few hours a week of study/practice.
The event kicked off with introductory speeches from Katherine Olston, CET’s Director, Professor Tyrone Carlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Registrar, and Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, on the numerous benefits of online education and its expansion in our current world. The Executive team also commended the efforts and hard work of CET’s MOOC team, for a year of preparing, creating and developing content for the Specialization.
A Panel Discussion followed, where guests could get insights and reflections from people who are making and delivering MOOCs at the University of Sydney. The Panel Discussion featured:
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The Specialization is a series of five MOOCs designed as a resource for pre-undergraduate and undergraduate students to help them prepare for university study and provides them with an introduction to the values, beliefs and expectations that underpin academic culture. Each MOOC is available on the Coursera platform and focuses on a particular set of skills inherent to the University culture. Subjects are information and digital literacy, problem-solving, critical-thinking and communication skills. The Specialization is completed by a Capstone which allows learners to develop a project proposal on a matter that interest them. To find out more about CET's MOOCs and Specialization, please head here
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