Partners meet to dicuss development and launch of 16 multidiciplinary MOOCs this fall

Lisbon, 2nd of July 2014 – After 2 intense days where the ECO MOOC pedagogical model and technological features plus courses outline were presented the overall conclusion is that the ECO platform will offer a set of unique approaches to MOOCs. Both the several innovative developments on the pedagogical methodology as well as the different Massive Open learning modules ´MOOCs´ features were presented and discussed. Moreover all partners joined in to comment on the work ahead as well as that very important launch date in November for the first pilots to be presented to the teachers.

The meetings took place on the 30th of JUNE and 1st of July, hosted by the Portuguese open university (Universidade Aberta – UAb) at the Museu das Comunicações (communications museum) in Lisbon. All work package leaders presented their work so far and what they are planning to work on for the coming months.

Sandra Caeiro, Prof. Auxiliar at Universidade Aberta comments: “It was very stimulating to meet all partners face-to-face. In between these consortium meetings we have a communication platform at our disposal where we organise forums and meetings. Nevertheless it is very good to touch base with collaboration partners and align once again our efforts.”

Caeiro comments that during the meetings it became ever so much clearer how diverse and interesting the contents of the different MOOCs wills be. “We were pleasantly surprised. We knew of course from the beginning of the project in February what the content of the MOOCs would be. But to hear in the partners presenting what they plan to launch is quite impressive.”

Variety of course subjects
The content of the MOOCs varies from e-learning methodology, computing and digital skills to creative skills and the classical foundation of our education system such as mathematics. These MOOCs are all content orientated , whereas a Common Course will be developed in which teachers will be offered a training in the basics of MOOC design.

Launch pilots in November
A total of 16 MOOCs will be developed by 12 Universities, not only from Europe but also from North and South America such as Quilmes University an Manuel Beltrán University. The MOOCS serve as examples and best practices for the targeted 4.000 selected teachers. They will be invited to actively participate on the ECO platform and create their own MOOC.

The coming months all consortium partners will input their efforts in finishing the ECO MOOCs and kicking off the promotion campaign to reach out to teachers via the press and relevant associations before meeting again in January 2015 in Manchester.

Press contact details
Marije Nieuwenhuis
Communication officer ECO learning

About the ECO consortium
22 partners from 9 different countries work together to create a pan European platform for ubiquitous learning. The overall objective is to improve the quality and cost-efficiency of teaching an learning in Europe. Moreover the term ubiquitous learning in this project has an ideological intent as ECO aims to create an eco system where courses are freely accessible for teachers and students from different levels, backgrounds, age and ability alike. The creators of the platform are focused on creating a digital tool for a target group of 50000 teachers that will expand beyond the horizon of the classroom. The first practical goal is to create an online e-learning course for 4.000 registered teachers. Promotion of the platform and the recruiting of these teachers will commence in the 2 months prior to the launch of the first MOOCs created by the partner. The pilot MOOCs will serve as example for teachers as well as new students.

Consortium partners are:

  1. Editrain S.L.
  2. Fundação para o Estudo e Desenvolvimento da Região de Aveiro (FEDRAVE)
  3. Fundación Universidad Loyola Andalucia
  4. Humance AG
  5. Vicente Montiel Molina
  6. Open Universiteit Nederland
  7. Politecnico di Milano
  8. Prisma Vist Digital SL
  9. Reimer IT Solutions B.V.
  10. Sunne Hanna Eichler
  11. Telefonica Elearning Services TLS
  12. University of Manchester
  13. Universidad de Cantabria
  14. Universidad de Oviedo
  15. Universidad de Valladolid
  16. Universidad de Zaragoza
  17. Universidad Manuela Beltrán Fundación
  18. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED
  19. Universidad Nacional De Quilmes
  20. Universidade Aberta
  21. Universidad Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle
  22.  Vereniging van European Distance Teaching Universities