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European universities scrutinise online courses

The European University Association has launched a task force to look at massive open online courses, including whether universities could award credits for them.

MOOCs started in the United States, mainly initiated by young faculty members to offer courses from famous universities for free. They attract hundreds of thousands of students.

The EUA’s task force will consider how these courses could act as an avenue for universities to boost long-distance teaching, and increase their international activities and collaborations. A report on MOOCs, written by the EUA’s head of higher education policy Michael Gaebel, served as a basis for the EUA’s decision to investigate these courses.

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