MOOC on ”What Works: Promising Practices in International Development"
I am delighted to announce the launch of our very first international MOOC.
As many of you may be aware, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) have become extremely popular in large parts of the world, and numerous top universities, particularly in North America, have been offering a range of MOOCs at regular intervals. The idea of offering a free online course open to the whole world is very appealing indeed, and I am pleased that the University of Oslo has now entered into this new era, which provides a unique opportunity to make the results of our research easily accessible to a large global audience.
In collaboration with Stanford University and the platform FutureLearn, Dan Banik at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment, has developed a MOOC on the topic: ”What Works: Promising Practices in International Development." With contributions from an interdisciplinary group of researchers and development specialists based at University of Oslo, Stanford University, University of Malawi, China Agricultural University and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), this free MOOC explores promising strategies in international aid related to agriculture, public health, governance, and poverty reduction. I was asked by Dan to give a lecture on global health, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although it felt different at first to be recording my lecture in front of a green screen and with a cameraman in front of me rather than a row full of students!
Over the last few years, there has been a rapid growth of higher education delivered over the internet, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) have reached millions of students worldwide. With the potential of reaching out to people all over the world regardless of background, we hope that this course can inspire some interesting dialogues and discussions across borders and within countries all over the world.
Our first MOOC lasts for 6 weeks and starts Monday 23 February. I am excited to hear that over 4500 students from all over the world have signed up thus far.
To sign up:
Gikk fra 25 til 6000 studenter på én uke (Oppslag DN 2. mars)