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EMMA team kept busy with lots of interest and new activities

May 2015 is turning out to be one of the busiest months so far in the fast-moving life of EMMA. We launched 7 MOOCS – many of which were brand new offers - and took the necessary steps to make our first MOOCs available in 3 languages. We also sponsored the prestigious eMOOC Summit in Mons Belgium along with several other European MOOC initiatives where we made lots of new contacts and we finalised the programme for our Summer School taking place in Ischia in July led by well-known European educational innovation experts including António Teixeira (Universidade Aberta, Portugal), Deborah Arnold (University of Burgundy, France), Rosanna De Rosa (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT, Belgium), Rebecca Ferguson (Open University, UK), Albert Sangrà (UOC, Spain) and many others. Sign up for an EMMA MOOC – we have lots to offer!

The EMMA Toolbox
by Maria Disabato, CSP - Innovazione nelle ICT  / University of Turin, Italy

Hi! I’m Maria and I’m a student attending the University of Turin. I’m preparing my thesis in “CSP – Innovazione nelle ICT” and I’m following MOOCs on the EMMA platform. I’m here to explain my experience and my opinion about the new EMMA feature, the Toolbox. Let me start by explaining what a toolbox is in this context and why I think its a useful feature as one of the tools offered by EMMA to support students in their learning experience. Toolbox is an exclusive component which saves portions of text of a single lesson, and allows students to build their own personal coursebook. This feature contains a set of tools or functions accessible by a single menu; to appreciate the value of the toolbox in an e-learning experience, it is important to understand what it allows the user to do. Let’s see how it works.

Students first enroll in a MOOC which gives them access to the different lessons in their chosen course. When they switch between different paragraphs on the lesson page with their mouse, the toolbox appears on that page. This feature appears in the form of a box in which there are a set of tools which the student can use to highlight an entire paragraph, and so put this in his or her personal lesson material. In the lesson page, the underlined text is in yellow and, like a physical coursebook, it draws attention to specific elements of course content. Learners can also ‘add to note’ the text that they consider relevant for their learning experience; that is an important function, because by using this “add to note” tool, students can built a sort of personal coursebook with notes from different MOOCs. 

Learners can access all their notes through the tool “view all saved”, whereby EMMA directs students to specific pages of their notes. In order to learn in the best way possible, learners can also use another tool of the toolbox: through “add resources”, students can add links to external contents to a specific paragraph of a MOOC. Finally toolbox allows students to share the content of a specific lesson on social networks like Facebook or on Twitter. This is a useful way to expand and to disseminate knowledge and information about EMMA on social media channels.

From my point of view the EMMA toolbox is a useful and relevant feature for students, something that can help learners in their learning experience. I can take contents from different courses and put them together in a single coursebook, so I can create my “personal course”. Multilingual and free access to MOOCs accompanies and completes this potential. EMMA MOOCs offer a cross cultural and multilingual way to improve and acquire new knowledge and in doing so constitute a unique learning experience for me and for all learners. Students are protagonists in EMMA, they can built their own autonomous learning paths by taking different material and contents from the MOOCs available on the platform, and toolbox is one of the best features available to help students to do this effectively.


Launch of the ePortfolio Self-Development Study MOOC

The Europortfolio community, within which UOC provides the Spanish leadership, is pleased to announce the launch of the ePortfolio Self-Development Study” MOOC on the EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) platform. The MOOC, starting on 15 June, is offered in three languages (English, Spanish and Polish) is free, and is addressed to individuals or institutions who want to learn how to use ePortfolios from different perspectives. 
ePortfolios are becoming increasingly popular due to their capacity and flexibility to be applied to a wide array of contexts as well as their ability to be used in a great variety of individual or organisational purposes. This MOOC stands on a set of seven independent modules that provides the conceptual and instrumental knowledge for the development of an ePortfolio solution that meets individual or institutional objectives. The MOOC is aimed at different audiences such as learners, teachers, employers, governmental administrators or professional bodies interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or who are interested in enhancing their current practices.

This MOOC will start on 15 June, for more information and to enroll please visit this page. You may also find more information about the Europortfolio community

Start: 18  May '15  
L: Portuguese/ English
Start: 18 May'15
L:  Estonian/ English

Start: 21  May '15
L: French/ English

>>find more MOOCs 
You can still enroll for MOOCs that have already started

Expanding Learning Scenarios
- Barcelona, Spain -

EMMA Summer School
on MOOC design
- Ischia, Italy -
29 - 30 October 2015
EADTU Conference
Call for abstracts
deadline: 1/6/15
- Hagen, Germany -

eMOOCS Summit attracts new and experienced practitioners interested in the MOOC phenomenon

EMMA was one of 5 projects who jointly sponsored the eMOOC summit held this year in Mons, Belgium. Notably more academic in nature than last year, it was clear from the agenda of this event and the open discussions that took place that many more people taking part had now their own experience to share of setting up and running MOOCs. While most of the 200 participants came from Higher Education, it was interesting to see a growing awareness of MOOCs amongst people involved in compulsory level education as well as those involved in providing learning opportunities for the unemployed. Read more...

First Wine MOOC #OWU

The Open Wine University (or #OWU for short) is the University of Burgundy’s first MOOC. We were in the process of defining our MOOC strategy when the opportunity to join the EMMA project arose and for a university in a wine-producing region such as ours, and with a renowned Institute for Wine and Vine (IUVV), including a unique UNESCO chai r in the field, it was only natural for us to choose this area to open our knowledge and expertise to the world. Read more...

EDEN Workshop: An Introduction to MOOC Design by the EMMA Team

EMMA will lead a workshop at the EDEN conference, in this practical session the trainers will take you through the different types of popular MOOCs currently available, cMOOCs, xMOOCs, sMOOCs etc and help you to understand the pedagogical and design implications of each. Part of this workshop will include a review of your ideas and current state of planning with known experts in the field of MOOC design and delivery. Also general experiences of some of the EMMA MOOC providers will be shared, they will explain why they made certain choices in relation to MOOC design. The aim is that by the end of the workshop, participants can decide on the basic design features of their own MOOC. Read more...

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