Monday, 9 June 2014

Trinners Makes 21st Century Debut With Free Online Course

Trinity College Dublin is to offer its first open-access digital course, free of charge, in September of this year. 
The six-week learning opporunity, MOOC (Massivve Open Online Course) will focus on "Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923)" and is aimed at giving people a "Trinity education experience" without having to attend the university.
Such courses are a growing feature of international educational institutions and there are calls for greater co-operation between institutions in Ireland to prevent us from falling behind.
The course is being run in co-operation with FutureLearn, a private company owned by The Open University in the UK and while the course on offer is free, if you want to receive a "statement of participation" upon completion, it will cost thirty euro.
Dr Anne Dolan, one of the team involved said it was aimed at the "interested punter" rather than professional scholar, but would not compromise on quality.
Participants will take part in short lectures with the use audio-visual material and will be guided to further online resources. Tests and quizzes will feature and students will be encouraged to debate course material on social media.
People can register for the course here.

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