MOOCs seen from Brussels

January 2013, only three European universities, among which the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), offered MOOCs on the education platform Coursera. Since then, the universities of Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne have joined EPFL on this platform and the overall number of European universities went up to 28. As pointed out by the European University Association’s (EUA) second paper on MOOCs published in January 2014, European universities now account for one-third of the MOOCs in the world. This increase is also obvious if you compare the picture here below with the one from March’s post on “MOOCs development in Europe”. Written by  Anouk De Bast, Attachée to the S&T Counsellor (Mission of Switzerland to the EU) and Florence Balthasar, European Advisor for Education (SwissCore)



Digital Education and Economic Opportunities: The Humanities as a Digital Science – An Interview with Michele Petochi, Managing Director for EPFL in Venice.


Inside the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (©DHLab-EPFL)

Going digital is not simply bringing new tools for transmitting and diffusing knowledge – it also transforms its very production. As everyday life is increasingly digitalized, what are the possibilities and challenges offered by big data and how do they become sources of knowledge? How to offer traditional resources such as archives a new, accessible life? These are some of the questions addressed by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Michele Petochi tells us more about it. Written by Ruth Theus Baldassarre, STC Rome (more…)

MOOCs development in Europe

European University Association (EUA) published its second paper on MOOCs. The paper redraw the global picture of MOOCs in Europe. It  highlights that there has been an important increase in the number of MOOCs over the last months. Despite the fact that MOOCs first  appeared in US, European universities now account for one third of the MOOCs in the world and already the second European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit took place at EPFL  in February 2014.