• Technology Channel
A Technology Channel TV (TCTV) could be adopted to broadcast technology awareness to those countries that are in need of such information. This Science in Society Project (SSP) aims to disseminate knowledge created within MUGT while increasing the scientific literacy of receiving societies.
The University would elevate this TCTV satellite channel to a major educational source providing quality knowledge to students from all occupations, educational levels, age and languages groups and cultures. TCTV would transmit technological know-how from its original source, linked to the current advances in science, and present it in a simplified “movie” style that makes learning enjoyable and accessible to all, thus rapidly and democratically spreading knowledge throughout society.
• TV Fans AS A New Audience OF MOOC
Modern Trend in some Universities plans to offer a four-week MOOC course based on the FX television series The Strain, which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.” The course, “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s The Strain,” will be hosted on Instructure’s MOOC platform Canvas Network. Three University faculty members will teach the course, which will focus on three topics that come from the show: Parasites, Cyber Attacks, and Disease Dynamics.
University Lecturers of distance learning in the school of physical sciences, hope that the MOOC will get people interested in mathematics and science by leveraging the popularity of the television show.
• Blended Learning
A blended learning approach combines face-to-face classroom teaching methods with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. The goal of a blended approach is to join the best aspects of both face-to-face and online instruction. Classroom time can be used to engage students in advanced interactive experiences. Meanwhile, the online portion of the course can provide students with multimedia-rich content at any time of the day; anywhere the student has internet access:• From MUGT computer labs • At a coffee shop • At the students’ homes.
This allows for an increase in scheduling flexibility for students, especially older graduate students. There are no rules in place to prescribe what the ideal blend might be. The term “blended” encompasses a broad continuum, and can include any integration of face-to-face and online instructional content. The blend of face-to-face and online materials will vary depending on the content, the needs of the students, and the preferences of the instructor.
Whether a course should be proposed as a face-to-face interaction, an online course or a blended course depends on the analysis of:
1. The competences at stake 2. The nature and location of the audience 3. The resources available
Depending on the cross-analysis of these three parameters, the course designer will opt for one of the three options. In his/her, course scenario he/she will then have to decide which parts are online, which parts offline.
Some of the advantages of blended learning include:
• Cost effectiveness for both the MUGT institution and the learner with resource constraints • Accessibility to a post-secondary education • Flexibility in scheduling and timetabling of course work
The University assumes that students have:
• Computer and internet access • Moderate knowledge in the use of technology and modern study skills.
• A new model for higher education
A recent initiative announced by some universities in collaboration with edX, (a partnership between MIT and Harvard for MOOC classes), will allow students to do their entire first year of an undergraduate program online. This Global Freshman Institutes will give learners anywhere in the world the opportunity to earn freshman-level university credit after successfully completing a series of digital immersion courses hosted on edX, designed and taught by leading scholars.
By allowing students to learn, explore and complete courses before applying or paying for credit, the Global Freshman Institute reimagines the freshman year and reduces academic and monetary stress while opening a new path to a college degree for many students. So, one institution – be it a school or another organization – would award or accept credit from a variety of education providers, be it MOOCs or other types of online, on-campus, or other forms of higher education, and bundle them together to award a degree.
With this initiative, students might be able to take courses or MOOCs from a variety of ‘rock star’ professors across the globe and string them together to create a bespoke degree.