More than 20 000 people from over 120 countries participated in UCT's first massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered in the first half of 2015.
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MOOCs are free online courses in which classes can comprise thousands of participants from across the globe. In this regard, UCT's first two MOOCs, 'Medicine and the Arts' and 'What is a mind?' did not disappoint.
'Medicine and the Arts' explored the intersections of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts, while 'What is a mind?' looked at four aspects of the mind – subjectivity, intentionality, consciousness and agency – in order to come to a fuller understanding of what a mind is.
CILT's role has been to help academic course conveners design engaging learning pathways through an online course and to create short, powerful video lectures for use in this environment.
"The experience and skills gained in the partnership between the learning designers, video producers and academics in the course creation teams have already been useful in thinking about mainstream provision of online courses at UCT," explained Czerniewicz.
"A small percentage of those enrolled completed the entire course, but these numbers still add up to substantially more people than those who would normally take and complete these courses in their traditional formats," she concluded.
Story by Abigail Calata. Photo by Michael Hammond.
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