MOOC opens door to 21st century teaching and learning skills

June 14 / 139

Massive open online courses allow unprecedented access to university-level education. Photo: Learning Environments.
Massive open online courses allow unprecedented access to university-level education. Photo: Learning Environments.

The Graduate School of Education (MGSE) has launched a Massive Open Online Course – or MOOC – on how to give school children the skills to survive in a world of ever-changing technology.

More than 15,000 students have enrolled in the course, titled Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills.

The University has had more than 500,000 enrolments in its MOOCs since it joined online learning platform Coursera in 2012.

The course has attracted students from 160 different countries, about 50 of which are in Asia. The cohort is highly educated; nine per cent have doctorates, 38 percent hold higher degrees, and a further 38 per cent have completed undergraduate degrees.  

Like all MOOCs, Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills is offered free-of-charge and enrolment is open to anyone.

While students get the chance to learn from world-leading researchers, the researchers themselves are enthusiastic about the opportunity to share and collaborate with thousands of people.

Course coordinator Patrick Griffin said the ability to harness the insights of such a large group of students was very exciting.  

“MOOCs challenge everyone involved – participants and staff – to use and improve their skills in digital learning – which is in itself a 21st century skill,” Professor Griffin said.

Organisers say they have learnt a lot from running this MOOC and are investigating the prospects of delivery in different languages.

“The MGSE is a world leader in delivering innovative, cutting-edge education programs, and the area of 21st century skills is one of these,” Professor Griffin said.  

“MOOCs offer a great opportunity to showcase such programs, and disseminate our work at scale.”

More information about the MOOCs at Melbourne is available here. 

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