NovoEd to offer first team-based Spanish-language MOOC

The size of some MOOCs make collaboration difficult.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are expanding educators’ reach to students all around the world.

A recent study of one MOOC found that students from 194 countries participated in the course and 16 percent of the students spoke Spanish. Yet, the vast majority of MOOCs are only offered in English.

A new course offered by the MOOC platform NovoEd is aiming to help change that.

“Evaluación de Decisiones Estratégicas,” which will be taught by Catholic University of Chile professor and strategic decision expert Patricio del Sol, will be the first MOOC to be taught entirely in Spanish that is also team-based.

The distinction of being centered on interaction is what has already set NovoEd apart from some of its competitors. Launched earlier this year at Stanford University, which is also the home of MOOC giants Udacity and Coursera, NovoEd began offering seven public and 10 private courses based on peer interaction.

The size of most MOOCs makes collaboration among students a challenge. A course taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology in February had to be suspended after an attempt to organize its 40,000 students into groups using Google Docs devolved into confusion and technical difficulties.

See Page 2 for more on what the course is all about.

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