Supporting the design and development of Oxford’s first MOOC

The University’s announcement of its first massive open online course (MOOC) on 15th November made national headlines. The course, ‘From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development,’ will be led by Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Although it does not begin until February next year, more than 10,000 students have already signed up.

edX course page

The course information page on the edX website

The MOOC will be delivered on the edX platform, which was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.

Learning technologists from Academic IT are supporting the BSG in designing and developing the MOOC course. Last week, with other colleagues from IT Services and BSG they attended the edX Global Forum in Paris and were pleased to have the opportunity to participate in edX’s course author training to refresh expertise in learning design.

Topics covered at the edx Forum included:

  • pathways to credit and credentialing for learners worldwide;
  • ‘MicroMasters’ courses and the increased interest in career-oriented outcomes;
  • collaboration between universities and the corporate sector to provide learning opportunities;
  • the global social impact of MOOCs; and
  • the Asian perspective on MOOCs.

We are excited to see what success the BSG MOOC enjoys, and look forward to the lessons learned from engaging with MOOCs helping us assess how we harness technology in teaching practices generally.

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