KU Leuven launches first Massive Online Open Courses

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Free online courses in philosophy, psychology and human rights are now available from the University of Leuven, in co-operation with the American platform edX

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The University of Leuven (KU Leuven) has begun its first three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). The free online courses are provided through the prestigious American platform edX.

People from anywhere in the world  can now follow online courses through KU Leuven in English in three subjects: the link between the First World War and modern philosophy, the European Union’s human rights policy and trends in e-psychology. The courses are given by, respectively, philosophy professor Nicolas de Warren (pictured), lecturers including international law professor Jan Wouters and psychology professor Filip Raes.

About 15,000 people are currently participating in one of the MOOCs. Their progress is evaluated through multiple choice questions, participation in discussion forums and peer assessment, in which students evaluate each other on the basis of criteria established by lecturers. Students who pass a course, which normally takes between four and nine weeks, receive a certificate.

Apart from MOOCs, KU Leuven also provides two Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs), which are meant for a more specific target group and require approval to register for. One is a chemistry course that prepares students for the entrance exam for doctor and dentist studies. The other is on e-governance. Unlike MOOCs, these courses are in Dutch and involve fees.

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