UCT launches first MOOC

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medicine and artIn recent years, MOOCs have become a global phenomenon that, in many ways, has  shifted the landscape of teaching and learning. With universities and academic institutions across the globe hosting these MOOCs, millions of students now have access to free tertiary level courses.  At their core, MOOCs are geared toward mass participation and self-direction and is available to anyone with an internet connection. They allow for features such as interactive online forums that can involve hundreds of students in peer-to-peer discussions, as well as access to video and audio lectures and course materials in online format.

In early 2015, UCT will be joining these ranks with the launch of their very own MOOC: Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare. The course will run for six weeks, starting on 16 March 2015, on the UK-based MOOC platform FutureLearn. Each week students will be able to download and watch a recorded video lecture that is then followed by online discussion and assignments. Students will receive feedback on their assignments from their peers. At present over 2 000 students have already registered.

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