What we have seen with MOOCs is the ability for people who have historically been limited by economics and geography to learn from educators from around the world. Many of the MOOCs that have been run so far do little more than distribute videos and assessments efficiently however at OpenLearning we believe that far more is required for students to have a rich and enjoyable learning experience.
OpenLearning focuses on building a community around a course to effectively motivate students to help one another and discover how they learn best. Our goal is to make online learning as effective as face-to-face classes. Entrepreneurship by Taylor’s University course is a great example of this kind of student centred MOOC and we are proud to support Professor Dr. Mushtak Al-Atabi and his team in running the course.
The course now has over 1,000 students from around the world, mainly from Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East – all working together to discover what entrepreneurship means to them. For the first time, on-campus students will be working side-by-side with the students in the MOOC to complete group activities, answer questions and learn from each other.
Entrepreneurship by Taylor’s University began on March 25, 2013 and students are welcome to join, introduce themselves and catch up on the discussions and lectures.