Benchmarking MOOC strategies in Europe

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    Introduction

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have received considerable media coverage since the beginning of 2012. MOOCs started in Canada and the US, and their rise to prominence was to a large extent driven by service providers such as Udacity, Coursera and Edx. In 2013, MOOC activity began in earnest in Europe starting with the pan-European initiative OpenupEd and different (regional) MOOC platforms became available (e.g., FutureLearn, Iversity, FUN, UNEDcoma , Miríada X). In September 2013, the European Commission launched the initiative Opening Up Education to further enhance the uptake of Open Education in Europe. Recently a number of MOOC projects were funded by the European Commission. HOME (Higher education Online: MOOCs the European way) is one of those projects aiming to develop and strengthen an open network for European cooperation on open education and MOOCs. This project runs from 2014 to 2016 and starts with benchmarking the opportunities and characteristics for European cooperation on MOOCs. To this end we published a call for position papers and will organise a MOOC conference in Porto on 27 November 2014. In addition we developed this survey to benchmark strategies on MOOC of European institutions and governments. This questionnaire as such focuses on strategic reasons why your institution and your government is or isn’t involved in MOOCs. This questionnaire has 12 pages and will take about 20 minutes to complete. Some items of the US based survey “Grade Change Tracking Online Education in the United States” were also re-used to benchmark European dimension against the US. This survey will close at 14 December 2014. First results of this survey will be presented at the MOOC Conference in Porto, 27 November.