Global access to higher education will move a step closer to reality when the University launches Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in late 2013. Developed in partnership with FutureLearn Ltd, an Open University company, the courses will provide students around the world with free access to some of the UK’s top universities.
‘We have a great tradition here at Birmingham of looking to the future and MOOCs will enable us to make some of our high quality academic content available worldwide,’ explains Professor Giles Perryer, the academic lead for the University’s MOOCs programme.
The MOOCs will be highly activity based, requiring two to six hours a week for a six to ten week period. A thriving online community will be fostered among the students and
peer-to-peer assessment will take place, with participants receiving a certificate of completion.
Birmingham is developing a wealth of courses, the first of which will be announced in the
autumn, offering new ways of accessing our academic expertise. These will form part of a wider package of alternative modes of education delivery currently under development.
Visit the FutureLearn Ltd website.