This changes things: UK universities in online launch to challenge US

December 18, 2012 at 8:42 am 4 comments

MOOCs from Open University UK (with its over 40 years of measurable success) at the lead? With Southampton (home of Dame Wendy Hall and Sir Tim Berners-Lee)? Now this really gets interesting. Hmm — OxBridge isn’t throwing hats into the rings yet.

A partnership of UK universities is launching an online project, challenging US universities that have dominated this emerging market.

They will aim to give the public access to higher education courses via computers, tablets or smartphones.

The partnership will include the Open University, King’s College London, Bristol, Exeter, Warwick, East Anglia, Leeds, Lancaster, Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham and St Andrews.

Courses will be offered from next year.

via BBC News – UK universities in online launch to challenge US.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. studentforce  |  December 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Reblogged this on hireED4HigherEd and commented:
    More and more SILOS being created. How does a student track their academic accomplishments across numerous institutions and programs?

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  • 2. alfredtwo  |  December 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Does it really change anything or just expand the options? I can see where industries and universities may prefer UK based MOOCs and these are very good schools getting involved. But I don’t see the real change.

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    • 3. Mark Guzdial  |  December 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Let’s see what they offer. OpenU has a depth of experience and research that others don’t. Southampton has a demonstrated ability to innovate on the Web. Yes, I’m speculating :-)

      Reply
  • [...] Over on Mark’s blog, we see that a large number of UK universities are banding together to launch an on-line project, including the highly successful existing player in the analogous space, the Open University, but also some high power players such as Southampton and the disturbingly successful St Andrews. As Mark notes in the title, this is a serious change in terms of allying a UK effort that will produce a competitor (or competitors) to the existing US dominance. As Mark also notes: [...]

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