The Australian | 10 October 2012
The University of Western Australia is the latest Australian university to embrace the “massive open online course” (MOOC) movement, from next year proposing to offer three courses using the Class2Go software created by Stanford University.
While the University of Melbourne recently joined Coursera, the company through which Stanford, Princeton and 33 partners offer learning to the globe, Class2Go is a platform Stanford developed to service the needs of its own on-campus students and staff, as well as for delivering public courses.
Like Stanford, UWA will use Class2Go to offer a “flipped classroom” model in which filmed lectures and presentations can be viewed outside formal contact hours, leaving face-to-face time with academics for interactive learning.
Those who enrol in the online-only versions will gain access to weekly lectures over a shortened semester of eight to 10 weeks, as well as topic quizzes and interactive tutorials.
They will complete assignments and a final exam that may be peer-reviewed or automatically assessed. They gain a certificate of completion.