Teaching English in Uganda — photo by Stephen Luke on Flickr

Improving access to education through MOOCs — #MOOChour wrap-up

The second MOOChour session was an intimate affair. There were less participants as the first time, but with Laurie from @NoPayMBA, Dina Bokai of @edraak and the good people of @EUMoocs, the attendance and conversation was of very high quality. Thank you for joining in!

The most notable parts of the conversation, were about improving access to education through MOOCs. We discussed the value of meetups, and how they can help learners to engage with the content, but also how content of MOOCs can be enriched. On top of that, the European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (aka EMMA, or @EUMoocs) uses multi-lingual MOOCs to improve access and provide a cross-cultural perspective.

Also, we learned about two interesting initiatives, that aim to bring education to the people who have limited or no access to formal education. The first initiative mentioned (thank you @EUMoocs), was IFADEM, a Francophone project that trains teachers in African nations, aiming to improve the quality of basic education for all.

The second initiative (thanks, @NoPayMBA) is Wings University. This German organisation aims to give refugees and asylum seekers access to a university-level training and accredited degrees. For free. A very exciting project, that I will follow closely.

We also learned that the Arabic-language MOOC platform Edraak is used in refugee camps for Syrians in Jordan, delivered with help from the IdeasBox.

If there’s one thing we can take away from the second #MOOChour session, it is that MOOCs are now moving to deliver on one of the promises made when they first came to prominence: making higher education accessible to all.

Quite a positive note to end with, isn’t it?

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