Month: August 2014

“LET’S FIRST BAKE THE CAKE AND THEN PUT CHERRY ON TOP”- An interview with Carlos Souza, Co-Founder of Brazil’s largest MOOC platform Veduca

After the US and India, Brazil today occupies the third place when it comes to the number of students participating in online education. Yet, the offer of courses is still limited. While globally, the movement started taking off globally in 2012 with several pioneering providers opening the doors for a truly massive reach, in Brazil, it was the startup Veduca that brought top quality education to the country’s remotest areas.  Written by Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex Brazil.

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Korea : An Example for Successful Government and Private Industry Driven MOOCs

The Republic of Korea (Korea) is the most advanced country in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) worldwide. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) annually publishes its ICT Development Index and Korea has been ranked 1st in 2011 and 2012. Korea is a global leader in home and mobile internet access per capita and already rolled out a nation-wide 4G LTE mobile internet network in 2011. In October 2013, almost 27 million Koreans were 4G LTE subscribers according the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (a majority of the population). Taking into account the almost record-high tertiary education rate (OECD: 69 %) in addition to the intensive use of mobile Internet technology, Korea would be in the perfect position to be a global leader in digital education. Written by Christian Schneider, STC, swiss Embassy in Seoul

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MOOCS: online training opportunities for K-12 teachers

In 2014, European Schoolnet (EUN) launched EUN Academy, a platform where teachers and K-12 professionals  can learn about innovative practice in the school and classroom. The courses offered on EUN Academy, which are free of charge, target teachers at primary and secondary schools, as well as other educational professionals who are interested in innovation in teaching and learning. Written by Douglas Armendone, Scientific Collaborator at educa.ch

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More than 1/3 of European MOOCs come from Spain, possible reasons for such a MOOC-Mania.

The Spanish university system is made up of about 80 public and private universities which offer a wide choice of courses at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. It has been adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2006. More and more public and private universities include the possibility of taking part of their academic offer online. Written by Franziska Heimgartner Trilling, STC at swiss Embassy in Madrid

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