UM’s first English MOOC officially launched
澳大首個英語慕課課程正式上線

The first massive open online course (MOOC) developed by the University of Macau (UM), entitled ‘Creativity’, was officially launched on 26 September. Students and Macao residents can access the free online course on the MOOC platform XuetangX.com. UM’s Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) Lionel Ni hopes that the course will help learners develop creative thinking skills amid an all-English learning environment. He says that the MOOC is open to learners from around the world, and represents UM’s effort to contribute to higher education in Macao and China by sharing quality education resources online.

The launch ceremony was held in Macao and Beijing simultaneously, with Lionel Ni officiating the Macao event, and XuetangX President Li Chao and Vice President Zhang Bo officiating the Beijing session. ‘This is a long-awaited historic moment,’ said Prof Ni at the ceremony. ‘UM has always dedicated itself to introducing the latest and best educational models into Macao and bringing inspiring teaching materials to Macao students. Launching a signature course on the MOOC platform represents UM’s effort to share its quality educational resources with learners from around the world.’

According to Li Chao, XuetangX reaches tens of millions of learners worldwide. UM is a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, so its MOOC is very attractive. He looks forward to seeing more MOOCs from UM to inspire learners around the world to find their directions in studies and in life. Zhang Bo mentioned at the ceremony that the UM team incorporated creative ideas in designing the MOOC, which has increased the appeal of the course, adding that the dedication of UM faculty members has ensured the quality of the course. So far, over 1,000 people from 12 countries and regions have registered for the course.

This MOOC aims to help learners cultivate creativity through a combination of short lecture videos, multiple-choice questions, online and offline communication, and interactive learning activities. Instructors of this MOOC are Prof Katrine Wong from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Prof Michael Li from the Faculty of Education, and Prof Davood Gozli from the Faculty of Social Sciences. A literature scholar, a theatre arts specialist, and a psychologist, the three instructors will guide learners through a challenging yet fun learning process.

The course is open to all, regardless of age, gender, educational background, experience, and knowledge of creativity. The course will conclude on 4 November. It is recommended that the learner spend three hours per week to complete the course. Those who are interested should visit https://www.xuetangx.com/courses/course-v1:UMX+CRT101+2018_T4/ about for registration.

澳門大學首個慕課課程昨(26)日正式上線!無論是學生、市民都可以透過“學堂在線"慕課平台免費進行網上全英語的學習與交流,課程以“創意"為題。澳大副校長倪明選表示,希望能在全英語的線上教學環境中幫助學生探索和培養創意思維,課程是面向全球學生,藉著共享這些優質教育資源,為澳門、中國高等教育作出貢獻。

澳大慕課上線儀式由倪明選、“學堂在線"總裁李超、副總裁張波分別在澳門、北京兩地同時啟動。倪明選表示,這是一個期待已久的歷史性時刻,澳大一直致力把最新、最佳的教育模式引進澳門,把具啟發性的教材內容帶給學生。是次慕課就是把澳大的特色課程放上線,惠及全球學生,支持優質教育資源共享的理念。

李超表示,“學堂在線"全球學生逾千萬人士,澳大作為中西文化交融的高校代表,慕課課程甚具吸引力,期待澳大未來帶來更多慕課,以啟發全球學生尋找自己和學習方向。張波表示,澳大團隊在探索慕課教學的過程中加入創新性構思,令課程生色不少,澳大教師的全情投入,是課程質量的保證。至今,已經有過千名來自12個國家和地區的人士註冊報讀該課程。

澳大慕課課程主要是透過一系列短片授課,配以選擇題、線上線下交流和互相學習的混合方式,幫助學習者挖掘自身的創意。該課程團隊由人文學院王嘉祺、教育學院李自豪及社會科學學院Davood Gozli組成,以上三位文學家、藝術家及心理學家,將帶領學習者走一段極具挑戰,但充滿趣味的學習旅程,務求令學習者耳目一新。

課程不限年齡、性別、教育背景、經驗和對創意的了解程度報讀,每星期建議學習三小時,結課日為11月4日,費用全免。有興趣人士可登入https://www.xuetangx.com/courses/course-v1:UMX+CRT101+2018_T4/about自行報名。

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