Guest post by iVersity
It may come as a surprise that MOOcs did not originate in Europe or the USA, but were invented in Canada in 2008. The past five years have brought tremendous growth and institutionalization for MOOCs, which first spread to partner universities in Massachusetts and California, including MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. MOOCs then took root across the US and Europe. Today, there are MOOCs offered in many languages, including Russian, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, with most of these courses coming from European countries.
A massive development iversity.org is that students can now obtain ECTS credits for three of our courses. If you’re enrolled and pass the exam at the end of the course, the professors will issue a certificate that your home university will recognize – all over Europe!
These courses include one from Prof. Marc Opresnik, from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences (FH Lübeck), with his course “Fundamentals of Marketing”. ECTS credits will be given for “Algorithms and Data Structures” by Prof. Oliver Vornberger, an e-learning and computer science expert at the University of Osnabrück. Students enrolling in “Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre” with Prof. Frank Piller of RWTH Aachen can also obtain ECTS credits.
The ECTS credits were created as a part of the Bologna Process to make study achievements in Europe comparable. Other countries outside of Europe are increasingly adopting this system. iversity, in cooperation with its partner universities, are revolutionising higher education.
Why do people take MOOCs?
As many as 80% of the students who took an online course agreed that they “enjoyed participating”, in a survey conducted by Scientific American. The percentage of interviewees who would like to take an online course again is even higher.
The reasons why people attend online courses vary greatly. Only six percent said that they need it as a part of their university courses. The survey revealed that most students take online courses out of personal curiosity and not because they were obligated to do so. This is a little surprising considering that these MOOCs are free of charge compared to university tuition fees!
However, the MOOC revolution is undeniable. Great courses, from top professors, and renowned universities. Its a winning situation for all involved. Enrol here!