University of Cape Town (UCT) will be offering free online courses starting from next year. This initiative will enable anyone in the world with an internet connection to have an access to its resources.
The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the recent phenomenon in the world of education. The strategic user interaction coupled with unlimited resources have created a better informed world. The higher education, globally, has gone a sea change recently.
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Sandra Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Issues relating to teaching and learning, University of Cape Town said that free online courses are designed for the mass participation without any entry barrier.
“MOOCs are a relatively recent development in the innovation of online learning – this time, offering to anyone with internet access a taste of university-level learning without the demands or cost of formal assessment” she added.
UCT has collaborated with FutureLearn, a British based MOOCs provider to develop the courseware. The university aims to develop its own courses for it strongly believes in its knowledge and expertise. The videos and lectures will be of immense help to the students who wish to learn without physically being present in the campus. The interactive online forums will be the center point of learning where peer-to-peer discussions will be beneficial to thousands of students.
Currently, UCT is working on developing courses such as medicines, health sciences and arts. It is expected to deliver its first course in 2015 by using FutureLearn platform. As there are no African universities in the scenario, providing MOOCs as of now, UCTs considered move will be an impetus to the African higher education.
FutureLearn, owned by the Open University, provides support to more than 38 universities in the United Kingdom and around the world. It has partnered with institutions having a huge repository of cultural and educational material. These include the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.
Students, who are interested to know more about the online courses being offered by the University of Cape Town, can click here for details.