Lifelong Learning Centre

Getting involved in a MOOC

Posted on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at 4pm
by Andrew Richardson. See more of my posts here.
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Like many of our colleagues across the University, here at the Lifelong Learning Centre we are always looking at innovative ways to engage with learners. One area which I am currently involved in is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

MOOCs offer any learner with internet access free online courses. The University of Leeds is using the FutureLearn platform to launch a series of MOOCs, the first of which ran at the end of 2013.

Having read about MOOCs I was enthused by the idea of making courses freely available in this way. So, when an opportunity to get involved presented itself I was happy to get involved. Along with three colleagues I am currently putting together a MOOC focusing on commercial innovation, how innovations emerge and, how ideas become reality, Innovation the Key to Business Success, which runs for 3 weeks, starting this September.

This is very exciting, but if I’m honest also a bit daunting! Teaching via video is very different from my usual teaching style where I can alter the pace or discussion if necessary. However, I will be available to engage with students online when the course is running and feel the opportunity to open up knowledge to a wider audience more than makes up for the absence of a live tutor.

Categories: Business and Management