The São Paulo University (USP) and the portal company Veduca launched last week the first Massive Open Online Course in Latin America, EdSurge reports. Courses will be taught by USP professors through the platform. Initially two disciplines will be available: mechanical physics and probability and statistics. More courses are expected to emerge soon. Brazilians are among the most engaged students in the leading MOOCs that have sprung up in the US, such as Coursera and edX. However, English language is still a barrier. Veduca’s first few classes will be taught in Portuguese, a language that native Spanish speakers find managable, too.  “We looked for good teachers that wanted to offer their courses at Veduca. With the announcement, other teachers and even more universities are interested in offering courses,” says Eduardo Zancul, co-founder of Veduca. According to the entrepreneur, Veduca is working hard to make its platform readily usable. “We broke long lessons into smaller videos; we inserted quizzes in the middle. Soon we will have a live chat for students who are online,” says Zancul. Veduca, which was founded in 2011 by Carlos Souza, curates publicly available educational video content from top universities, adding subtitles in Portuguese. It went live in March 2012.

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