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EMMA’s doors are open to new MOOC providers

November saw the start of the EMMA webinar series aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about MOOCs and in particular to organisations and institutions interested in having their MOOC made available on the EMMA platform. This series will continue in the new year with webinars on specific topics like MOOC design, building interactivity into your MOOC, the use of video in MOOCs, learning analytics and MOOC management and translation and transcription services for MOOCs - stay tuned for the announcement of the full programme shortly. Meanwhile our intrepid partners have been promoting EMMA in various venues and conferences – if you are taking part in Online Educa Berlin in December look out for them on the European Commission stand. Don’t forget to take part in the EMMA Video Competition – just send us a short clip telling us why you like EMMA and be in the running to win our prize of a €200 Amazon voucher.

Striking differences in Higher Education MOOC involvement between U.S. and Europe

darco janssenby Darco Jansen, EADTU, the Netherlands

Three independent studies show that more than 40% of higher education institutions in Europe have a MOOC or are planning to develop one. The survey of the EUA conducted end 2013 already found that "interest in MOOCs has far from peaked in Europe”. Based on a the 2014 survey, conducted by the HOME project of EADTU, the report Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe also concluded that MOOC involvement in Europe is increasing. Preliminary results of another study (JRC-IPTS, 2015) conducted in five large European countries show differences between countries, ranging from 25% in Germany to about 60% in France.

This is a striking difference with the U.S. where the number of institutions that have a MOOC or are planning to develop one, dropped from 14.3% in 2013 to 13.6% in 2014. Other strong differences between Europe and the U.S. are:

  • While U.S. institutions are mostly neutral or disagree, more than half of the EU institutions agree that MOOCs are a sustainable method for offering courses.
  • While in the U.S. surveys, a large majority (66%) states that it is too early to tell if MOOCs are meeting the institution’s objective, the majority in the EU (58%) emphasises that MOOCs are already meeting some or most objectives.
  • In contrast to the U.S., the European HEIs seem to disagree with the statement that “Credentials for MOOC completion will cause confusion about higher education degrees”.
  • While in the U.S. survey, the opinion is mostly neutral or people disagree, in the EU version a large majority of the respondents agree that “MOOCs are important to learn about online pedagogy”.

A scientific paper about these 2014 results will be published mid December in a special issue of IRRODL. In the paper one of the possible reasons given for this difference relates to the social-inclusive dimension of the higher education system in continental Europe, in other words European institutions have more or less equal resources for their involvement in MOOCs.

In the EMMA webinar that took place last week Darco further elaborated on these results and its consequences for the pedagogical approach of MOOCs, you can watch the recording here.

In the next steps, Europe needs to take a stronger orchestrated collaboration on MOOCs. The EMMA project to this end collaborates with other projects like HOME. To enhance collaboration it is essential to keep monitoring the main reasons for institutions and governments to invest in MOOCs. Therefore the survey is repeated again this year and is available in English, French and Turkish.

In addition network meetings are needed on themes that strongly relate to institutional priorities. After two successful events (Porto, Barcelona), the HOME project organises the Conference “WOW! Europe embraces MOOCs in Rome on ‪30 November 2015. Due to overwhelming interest the host UNINETTUNO gratefully decided to move to a bigger venue. As such you are still invited to join.

#ILikeEMMA - Video competition    

Make a short video to explain what you like about EMMA:

  • show us WHERE you follow an EMMA MOOC. At home? At your university? On the beach? On your roof terrace? In the plane? Surprise us!
  • tell us WHY you like EMMA MOOCs, what did you learn and discover?
  • WHAT would you tell your friends about EMMA?

The best video will win a 200 euro Amazon voucher. The winner will be announced in early 2016. use video, images, graphics, texts, music, animation… in the language of your choice your video should be no longer than 90 seconds make sure to include somewhere in your video the phrase: “I like EMMA, because…” send your video via the submission form before 18 December midnight (CET/Brussels time).


30 Nov 2015

WOW! Europe embraces MOOCs

organised by the HOME project
- Rome, Italy -

2 - 4 Dec 2015

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

- Berlin, Germany -

10 Dec 2015

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

- Amsterdam, the Netherlands -

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 becauseeMundus & EMMA: Opening up education

The EMMA team was invited to the closing meeting of the eMundus project in Rome on 4th November. This two-year Erasmus initiative set out to strengthen cooperation and awareness among European Higher Education Institutions and their strategic counterparts worldwide by exploring the potential of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Virtual Mobility (VM) to support long term, balanced, inter-cultural academic partnerships.The first part of the meeting presented the outcomes of the project. These included the eMundus Atlas that maps MOOC and VM initiatives across the globe, thus facilitating potential collaborations, and their Exploratorium, which shares a series of tools for integrating OER into teaching practice. Read more.

EPortfolio MOOC presented at EADTU conference

Results of the ePortfolio Self-development Study MOOC delivered through the EMMA platform were discussed during a Workshop held in the recent EADTU 2015 conference in Hagen. A specific session titled “OERs and MOOCs on ePortfolios”, animated by two members of the EMMA project, Lourdes Guàrdia and Marcelo Maina, explored the experience of a MOOC focused on learners, teachers, practitioners, educational institutions, employers and organisations interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or in enhancing their current practices.This MOOC provides an entry point to the topic for non-expert users, including the conceptual and instrumental knowledge for the creation of an ePortfolio strategy. Read more.

Ready or not for learning analytics?

LACE project partners in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam are organising a free one day workshop in Amsterdam on 10 December on institutional readiness for learning analytics. This highly interactive event will include briefings and discussion about the introduction of open learning analytics tools and will explore a range of trends and foreseeable future developments in terms of their feasibility, desirability and implications. Read more.

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EMMA MOOC offer Autumn 2015

In a recent research project comparing peer and instructor assessment, involving 5000 written MOOC assignments, we saw that the combined opinion of several students gives a better estimate of the overall grade than if one instructor does the marking.

Rémi Bachelet, Ecole Centrale de Lille, France

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