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New MOOC round and the EMMA platform tops 7000 validated users

EMMA has a brand new look this autumn which we hope you like! We think it’s really important for our leading lady to be dressed in the latest fashion and thanks to the great design skills of our lead partner in UNINA – EMMA is now even more stylish as well as more efficient than before. The catalogue of EMMA MOOCs is gradually growing with the launch of 2 new MOOCs in October on Assessment and Copyright and a re-issue of 7 existing MOOCs – while the number of users on the platform has now gone over 7000. The technical team have been busy and the translation and transcription services are now fully integrated in the platform and teachers can now access a brand new dashboard which provides them with the latest analytics related to their MOOC.  We are keen to attract new MOOC providers and our partner UOC are busy streamlining this process – so contact us if you want to know more about being an EMMA MOOC provider

So your Instagram photos aren’t really yours?
New EMMA MOOC on Copyrights

mathy vanbuelby Mathy Vanbuel, ATiT, Belgium

From the Statute of Anne to Mickey Mouse: an introduction to Intellectual Property Rights. What are Intellectual Property Rights and why do we often confuse them with Copyrights? The new EMMA MOOC Copyright - DIY is intended to be an entertaining and not so academic learning opportunity for anyone who creates original materials or who uses, reuses, mixes and adapts original materials created by other people. During the MOOC we will discuss the rights and duties of creators and users of original materials.

This MOOC starts with the Statute of Anne and Mickey Mouse, guiding us through the history and evolution of Intellectual Property Rights and Copyrights. Are Intellectual Property Rights and Copyrights encouraging or hindering creativity? Find out what lawyers want you to know about Intellectual Property Rights: “I fought the law and the law won.” In a rendezvous with a creative artist we will talk about how artists look at Intellectual Property Rights as an alternative source of income.

This MOOC is full of interesting facts about the re-use of “Happy Birthday” and other gems. What is the secret of the Eiffel tower at night? How much does a photocopy of Madonna cost? Can you play Enya in your music class? Pirate Bay, Plagiarism, Creative Commons... How can users make the best or worst use of the creative and original works of others? Can Intellectual Property Rights survive the Internet: development of rights in the digital era. This MOOC aims to answer many of these questions. 

The course programme consist of the following chapters:

  1. From the Statute of Anne to Mickey Mouse: Background and a brief history of IPR and Copyrights, types of rights.
  2. IPR and Copyright in a research and education perspective, academic views.
  3. I fought the law and the law won. A legal perspective.
  4. Rendezvous with the creator.
  5. Pirate Bay, Plagiarism, Creative Commons and how users and activists deal with copy- and other rights.
  6. Future visions, possibilities and developments in the digital era.

The Copyright - DIY MOOC has just started this week with a kick-off webinar which you can watch here. Interested to follow this MOOC? Register and enrol on the EMMA platform.

Comparing institutional MOOC strategies  

In 2014 the HOME project, coordinated by EADTU, started a research to address the possible differences between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the U.S. and Europe in their possible goals and the strategic choices behind the development of a MOOC. Based on a the 2014 survey the report Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe was published in February 2015. The report clearly demonstrates that MOOC involvement in Europe is still increasing. Over 50% of HEIs in Europe has a MOOC or is planning to develop one. This interesting finding is consistent with the results of two other independent studies (by EUA, see Gaebel et al. 2014 and by JRC-IPTS in 2015). The 2014 survey also shows that arguments for European HEIs to get involved differ from those in the U.S.

Complete the survey and contribute to the new report!

The survey is repeated again this year. You are kindly requested to contribute and in addition ask other HEIs in your country to complete the survey as well. The survey is available in English, French and Turkish and will close at 24 November 2015. First results of this year’s survey will be presented at the Conference “WOW! Europe embraces MOOCs” in Rome, 30 November 2015. Next to the comparison between Europe and the U.S. we will produce country reports if responses from individual countries is high enough.


30 Nov 2015

WOW! Europe embraces MOOCs

organised by the HOME project
- Rome, Italy -

10 Dec 2015

Institutional Readiness Day for Learning Analytics Technologies
workshop by the LACE project & UvA

- Amsterdam, the Netherlands -

2 - 4 Dec 2015

Online Educa Berlin
The global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training

- Berlin, Germany -

22 - 24 Feb 2016

EMOOCs 2015 conference

Fourth European MOOCS stakeholders summit
- Graz, Austria -
10 - 11 March 2016

Media & Learning 2016
Enriching learning through media education and media literacy
- Brussels, Belgium -

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i like emma becauseVideo competition launched: #iLIKEemma

The EMMA consortium is happy to announce that a video competition entitled “I Like EMMA” was recently launched. The participants are asked to make a short video to explain what they like about EMMA. The best video will win a 200 euro Amazon voucher. The deadline is on 30 November and the winner will be announced in December 2015. The only restriction is that the videos should be no longer than 90 seconds: the use of video, images, graphics, texts, music, animation are encouraged and the video can be in participants’ preferred language.   Read more.

Practice-oriented EMMA MOOC on formative assessment

All teachers and others involved in education and training are very familiar with summative assessment, as most formal education is aimed at certified performance. In the new EMMA MOOC Assessment for learning in practice several assessment experts, Desirée Joosten-ten Brinke, Olga Firssova and Johan van Strien, of the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands will provide you with theory and guidelines for knowledge construction on the topic of formative assessment while offering support in designing assessments can be applied as a tool for learning and training of competences. Read more.

Where are MOOCs going?

The island of Capri provided the backdrop to an International MOOC conference hosted by the Federica WebLearning Centre at the University of Naples, Federico II from 25 - 26 September 2015. The event – Where are MOOCs going? The future of Distance Education – took the form of open brainstorming around a series of MOOC-related themes. Leading experts set the discussion rolling in each thematic area, and then opened up the floor to lively debate with the select group of invited speakers and guests present. In discussion around Learning Design in MOOCs, Stephen Downes (NRC Canada) reminded us of his original concept of MOOCs and the centrality of the learner and the significance of personal and networked learning. Read more.

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EMMA MOOC offer Autumn 2015

The shelf life of a MOOC is about 3 years. It has been demonstrated that we need to change 80% of our MOOC content after 3 years.

Christine Vaufrey, Pedagogical Adviser in “MOOC & Cie”, Past Chief Editor of “Thot Cursus Webzine”

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