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EMMA MOOCs attract over 4000 learners

The last few months have been a really busy period for the EMMA team. On 16 and 17 June the EMMA consortium held its partner meeting in Tallinn, meanwhile a new round of MOOCs was launched in May and June, they included the very popular Open Wine University from University of Burgundy in France and the first tri-lingual MOOCs: EPortfolio Self-development Study, Excel 2010 and Search on the Internet. The number of enrollments continues to increase with over 4000 people enrolled in EMMA MOOCs today. Work to streamline the production process is underway to make it easier for new MOOC providers to insert their MOOCs onto the EMMA platform while also using the translation and transcription service. Planning for the delivery of the first EMMA summer school is also coming to a head. The summer school is organised as a co-delivery experience with novice MOOC designers working alongside experienced MOOC providers to create a number of new MOOCs for delivery in the second half of 2015.

MOOCs in three languages on EMMA platform
by Jorge Civera, Associate Professor of computer science at UPV, Spain

As you may already know, the Excel 2010 and Search on the Internet MOOCS on EMMA are the first MOOCs being offered to our knowledge in three languages: Spanish, English and Italian. These MOOCs originally created in Spanish were first translated into English involving the translation of video subtitles and text content with the help of speech recognition and machine translation technology. This is the first natural step when you intend to provide your MOOC in multiple languages. English serves as a lingua franca in Europe and facilitates the translation of your MOOC into any other European language (Italian, in our case), as it is easy to find bilingual speakers in the desired target national language and English. This same approach is followed by the European Commission which generates the original version of any document in English and then translates it into the other 21 languages in Europe.

Here is how we have been producing trilingual MOOCS in EMMA. First we generate a draft automatic translation from Spanish into English. These draft translations are reviewed using a web interface that informs the Spanish-English user about the review status of each sentence, and correspondingly each document and video subtitle (not reviewed, partially reviewed, fully reviewed) in the MOOC. Once an English sentence has been reviewed, the Italian draft translation is automatically generated and an English-Italian user reads and corrects it (if necessary). This means that the computer assisted translation system behind the process just described detects when a translation has been already reviewed and automatically generates the corresponding translation. This allows us to work as in a pipeline, since Italian draft translations are immediately available once the English translations are checked. However, in practice, it is more convenient to define each lesson of a course as a review unit to avoid what is called a race condition. So, once a lesson has been fully reviewed, this lesson is automatically translated and declared ready to be reviewed. This functionality becomes very useful in the frequent event of updates in the original course, since changes must be quickly propagated to the other versions of the course as translations are reviewed.

Offering your MOOCs in multiple languages rapidly increases the potential number of learners, although it opens new challenges: the necessity of tutors covering the course language spectrum of your MOOC, images and videos included in the MOOC that should be language independent, and other aspects that should be taken into account when planning your MOOC in a multilingual format.


All aboard the ferry to Ischia - getting ready for the Summer School!

With just a couple of weeks left to the EMMA summer school, everyone involved has been getting ready for this really exciting event when we hope to generate lots of new MOOC ideas for publication on EMMA. Conceived as a co-design workshop, experienced MOOC providers will work alongside less experienced colleagues to develop their idea for a MOOC form initial idea through to completed design. With over 30 people involved from 8 different countries- there will be lots of opportunity to experiment with ideas, test out proposals and play with the EMMA platform as well as the translation and transcription software. So don't forget to bring your ideas, your enthusiasm and of course your sunglasses and suncream!
Check the Summer School (4-11 July) programme here.  

Start: 15  June '15  
L: Spanish/ English/ Polish
Start: 16 June '15
L: Spanish/ English/ Italian

Start: 16  June '15
L:  Spanish/ English/ Italian

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

EMMA Summer School
on MOOC design
- Ischia, Italy -

15 - 18 Sept 2015

EC-TEL Conference
Design for Teaching and Learning in a networked world
- Toledo, Spain -
29 - 30 Oct 2015

EADTU Conference
- Hagen, Germany -

Find more:
>> events


25 People from 13 countries take part in EMMA workshop at EDEN

It was a challenge to fit in all that the team had prepared for the EMMA workshop at the EDEN Conference in Barcelona last week – but we managed to get through quite a lot during this 90 minute session. Deborah Arnold led the EMMA team managing this workshop which included Jessica Chao from UOC, Maka Eradze from UNINA and Sally Reynolds from ATiT. Deborah kicked of the workshop with a quick-fire overview of the steps and considerations people need to take when setting off on a MOOC adventure and managed to capture many of the key drivers and good practices worth considering. Participants then worked together in small groups to have a try at developing their own MOOC ideas which highlighted lots of issues and points for discussion. The slides shown are available here.

Europe must seize this moment to grab the opportunities offered by MOOCs

The HOME-EADTU report “Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe” published in February 2015 indicated that a majority of European institutions is planning to develop a MOOC soon. The report presents data on the perception and objectives of European higher education institutions on MOOCs and the main drivers behind the MOOC movement. In addition, the report makes a comparison with similar studies conducted in the United States in 2013 and 2014 and to data produced by the European University Association (EUA) between October and December 2013. The survey shows an increasing involvement in the MOOC movement by European institutions for higher education. But at the same time it is observed that the MOOC movement is (commercially) dominated by the United States through both the number of course offerings and leading service providers. The report can be found here.


Recording webinar: “Video in a multilingual context”

The recording of the Media & Learning webinar “Video in a multilingual context” which was held on 11 June, is now available here. This webinar highlights the use and application of high-quality automatic translation and transcription systems in MOOCs to provide access to the learning materials in multiple languages In the session two speakers from the EMMA partnership explore this topic: Jorge Civera from the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain, who is part of an expert team developing automatic educational transcription and translation systems and Ruth Kerr from the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy who is experienced in delivering MOOCs using this system through the EMMA platform.

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