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Online learning has changed education significantly

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Instead of physically attending lectures or going to the library, they can download lesson plans and lecture notes to their laptop, have a Skype conversation with a lecturer and submit work online.

The University of Warwick was one of 12 to sign up with a company called Futurelearn in December to enable them to offer free online degree-level courses and MOOCs to students around the world.

Its photography and narrative class, Phonar, has attracted more than 1,800 participants worldwide in the three years it has been running.

What is a MOOC?

  • MOOC stands for a massive open online course
  • It is an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the internet
  • They are similar to university courses, but do not tend to offer academic credit.
  • A number of web-based platforms – including Coursera and Udacity -supported by top universities and colleges offer MOOCs in a wide range of subjects

For more information: Universities go virtual: ´Bricks to online clicks´

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