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Revolutionising Learning: An Introduction to UTAR’s Elective MPU 34182 MOOC

February 15, 2024 | Campus News

The educational landscape is undergoing a remarkable transformation, thanks to the advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). As a beacon in this revolutionary shift, the edX platform, co-founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), stands out as a prestigious and powerful platform that offers a plethora of educational opportunities to learners worldwide. 

Starting October 2023, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has subscribed to the edX platform, offering students a university elective with the course code MPU 34182 which is a 2-credit course, passable upon completion of a selected course in the edX platform. 

UTAR Deputy Head of Centre for Curriculum Development and Innovation (Sungai Long Campus) Dr Khaw Mei Kum said, “I am pleased to highlight the impactful initiatives UTAR has embarked upon to revolutionise e-learning through the edX platform. By harnessing the power of this cutting-edge online learning platform, UTAR has ushered in a new era of education. This transformation brings substantial benefits to both our students, who now have access to a wide array of high-quality courses and resources, and the institution itself, enhancing its position as a leader in the digital education landscape. UTAR’s steadfast commitment to leveraging edX underscores its dedication to providing top-tier education in the digital age.”

What is a MOOC?

MOOCs are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. They offer a range of course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets. Moreover, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums or social media discussions to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants, as well as immediate feedback on quizzes and assignments.

edX: A Pioneer in Online Learning

edX is a leading MOOC provider that features a robust catalogue of courses from some of the world’s most prestigious universities and institutions. Since its inception in 2012, edX has continually expanded its offerings, providing courses in a vast array of subjects, from computer science and engineering to humanities and social sciences.

The platform employs a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for students to navigate courses, track progress, and access learning materials. edX also offers certificates of completion and the revolutionary MicroMasters and Online Masters Degrees for learners who seek formal recognition of their skills.

Benefits of MOOCs to Students

  • Accessibility and Flexibility

One of the principal advantages of MOOCs via edX is their accessibility. Students do not need to attend physical classes. With internet access, they can learn from top-notch universities like Harvard, MIT, and others. Moreover, MOOCs are incredibly flexible, catering to different learning styles and schedules. Students can learn at their own pace, revisiting complex topics or accelerating through areas of proficiency, which is particularly beneficial for those balancing studies with other curricular activities or other commitments.

  • A Wide Range of Subjects

The edX platform offers an expansive range of courses, allowing students to explore new fields or deepen their knowledge in a current area of study. This variety not only caters to diverse interests but also enables students to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge that is highly valued in today’s interconnected world.

  • Lifelong Learning and Career Development

MOOCs can play a pivotal role in lifelong learning and career development. They allow students to keep up with the evolving demands of the job market, learn new skills, and stay abreast of the latest trends in their field. Certificates from renowned institutions add a competitive edge to resumes and can significantly enhance career prospects.

  • Networking Opportunities

Despite being an online platform, edX provides ample networking opportunities. Through discussion forums, group projects, and social media interactions, students can connect with peers and professionals from around the globe, fostering a virtual community of like-minded individuals and potential collaborators.

Students can download the e-certificates from each completed course and link them to their social networks.

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