Holidays!

Last week we finalized our third Coursera MOOC, Global perspectives on Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights. Though this course does not boast as many participants as the other two MOOCs, Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia and Introduction to European Business Law, it has more than surprised us when it comes to participants’ engagement and interactions in the forum. People have discussed everything from youth sexuality to genital mutilation, from HBTQ issues to access to abortion, from sexual violence to sexual education in schools. The tone has been friendly and supportive and there has been an amazing exchange of views and experiences from participants all over the world.

It is truly a privilege for us university teachers to see that these courses can really make a change and inspire people. People such as Amanda from Brazil, who tell us the course on Green economy has inspired her to propose a sustainability review of her university, in order to make it a greener place. Or any of the other hundreds of people who have told us these courses have improved their understanding of and skills in any of the three topics we have introduced in these MOOCs.

Last week we visited Karolinska Institutet to participate in a jointly (KI, Chalmers, Uppsala University and Lund) organized conference MOOCs in Scandinavia. We presented our experiences from our first MOOCs and listened to other very interesting presentations from the Nordic countries and elsewhere. Our presentation, It’s in the process, not just the product (Marita Ljungqvist & Maria Hedberg) can be found here.

We recently published a half time report from our three year long MOOC project, where we present data from the courses as well as our experiences from his first 1 1/2 year. The report can be found here (it’s in Swedish).

Midsummer’s Eve and the summer holidays are approaching and we are looking forward to some relaxing times, and after that a new semester filled with MOOC work. Our three courses will relaunch in a second session, and we will work with the production of at least three more MOOCs. More on that after the holidays, so stay tuned!

Have a great summer everyone!

Photo by Håkan Dahlström, CC By 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/9114451902

Photo by Håkan Dahlström, CC By 2.0
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/9114451902

Om Marita

I am an assistant professor in Chinese at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. For the past couple of years I have been working at Lund University Centre for Educational Development (CED), mainly with projects and support activities for teachers regarding online teaching and learning in higher education such as visual learning media, online learning environments, digital tools for teaching etc. SInce February 2014 I manage the Lund University MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) project.
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