A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a free online course designed to be accessed by large numbers of participants from around the world. A MOOC is open to everyone, with no pre-requisites other than internet access and interest.
MOOCs have gained momentum in recent years and offer a new opportunity to interact with potential students to the university.
Charles Darwin, Evolution and Tropical Australia
Initially developed in 2013 and hosted by the great-grandson of Charles Darwin, Chris Darwin, this MOOC capitalises on the research and expertise from the School of the Environment at CDU.
It provides an introduction to Charles Darwin, the theory of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace, and an overview of adaptation of tropical organisms in the Northern Territory of Australia.
This MOOC was run a second time in 2014 featuring guest appearances by Harvard University's Professor Janet Browne, 2014 Charles Darwin Scholar.
The running of this MOOC in 2016 featured new content on the Galapagos Finches and guest appearances by the 2016 Charles Darwin Scholars, Professors Peter and Rosemary Grant from Princeton.
The Art and Science of Memory: 5 Keys to Learning
This is a course from CDU's School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences (SPACS) designed to help students remember large amounts of the subject matter. This course launched on 9 November 2015 for 8 weeks and has run three more times since.
Who's Counting: An Interactive Introduction to Accounting
This course was developed by CDU and its Chinese partner university, Anhui Normal University, and offered partially in Chinese (Mandarin) and fully in English. This MOOC was launched in March 2016.
Benefits of MOOCs
Participants in a MOOC can benefit from the opportunity to:
- undertake a free online course that offers access to expertise in a wide range of subject areas,
- connect and collaborate with others with similar interests,
- try out a course area for free to see if it truly interests them,
- reinforce learning and fill in any knowledge gaps.
You can search for other MOOCs through the MOOC list.