Berlin, 10 June 2013
A ten-member jury has selected the ten winners of the MOOC Production Fellowship contest (moocfellowship.org), a first-of-its-kind competition aimed at creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for students in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.
Between March 11 and April 30, professors from 20 countries submitted more than 250 MOOC proposals to the contest, which was run by Stifterverband, a German educational foundation and iversity, a Berlin-based online startup in higher-education.
The selection process consisted of two stages: first, the public voting phase, in which the general public cast more than 100,000 votes online for their favorite proposals. Next, a jury consisting of experts from academia, business and the policy realm, selected the winners.
Coming from all over Europe, the winners represent various disciplines in the humanities, math, medicine, and more. They each receive 25 000 Euros and personal assistance from iversity to develop their course and prepare it to go live.
The winning MOOCs will be available starting autumn 2013 on iversity.org. They are:
- "Changemaker MOOC - Social Entrepreneurship" (University of Kiel)
- "Design 101" (Abadir Fine Arts Academy, Catania)
- "DNA - From Structure to Therapy" (Jacobs University Bremen)
- "The European Union in Global Governance" (University of Passau, KU Leuven, European University Institute)
- "International Agricultural Management" (University of Weihenstephan-Triesdorf)
- "Math-MOOC: Mathematical Thinking" (University of Education Heidelberg)
- "Monte Carlo Methods in Finance" (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
- "Sectio Chirurgica - Anatomy Interactive" (University of Tübingen)
- "The Fascination of Crystals and Symmetry" (University of Hamburg)
- "The Future of Storytelling" (FH Potsdam)
"The response to our contest shows the enormous interest in the digitalization of higher education. The winners of the competition reflect the diversity of entries we received. We looked for winners whose courses could be taught successfully online and that promises to make use of the Internet’s creative potential," said Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel, deputy general secretary of Stifterverband and chairman of the jury.
"We are excited by the range of disciplines the winners represent and are looking forward to launching these proposals as excellent online courses. I think we've proven with Stifterverband and the more than 250 entries in the contest that online teaching and MOOCs can exert major influence on the future of university teaching - also on this side of the Atlantic," says Marcus Riecke, CEO of iversity.
Stifterverband is an association that consists of approximately 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations and individuals who have come together to promote science, research and education. It was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Essen and Berlin.
iversity is developing a MOOC platform in order to bring university courses online. With iversity, the world‘s best professors are able to teach thousands of students worldwide. Its MOOC platform uses innovative ways of teaching by incorporating interactive online videos, multimedia teaching materials, immediate feedback through multiple-choice quizzes and a social layer that encourages peer-to-peer learning.