Southampton MOOCs reach milestone

The University of Southampton has reached a milestone of 100,000 enrolments on its Massive Open Online Courses

Since launching its first MOOC on web science in November last year, the University has pioneered free interactive courses on oceanographyarchaeology and research skills for A Level students.

Unlike other types of online learning, MOOCs provide real-time forums, allowing participants to interact with one another, debate issues and build an online community around areas of common interest. In addition, PhD researchers and alumni from the university act as online mentors, facilitating the learning experience of participants.

MOOCs are accessible to anyone in the world and students from over 180 countries have taken the University of Southampton courses.

“It is really exciting to interact with a community of enthusiastic learners from around the world, and to explore the ways in which our courses on campus can be enhanced by online social learning,” says Lisa Harris, Educator on the Digital Marketing and Web Science MOOCs.