Open Universities Australia, or OUA, reached a remarkable milestone last Monday when it announced that its free online learning platform, Open2Study, had lured 100,000 students from more than 180 countries to enrol in its massive open online courses, or MOOCs, University World News reports.
Launched in March, Open2Study began by offering 10 free subjects the following month, with each taking four weeks to complete.
Seven months on, 32 courses are available with 60% of enrolments now from overseas nations, and students from the top five overseas countries drawn from the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Spain and Canada.
Open2Study is Australia’s first free, high quality online education provider and, like its parent OUA, it offers anyone anywhere the chance to experience online tertiary and professional learning through a range of subjects “designed for everyday people”.
Courses on “Principles of project management”, “Food, nutrition and your health”, “Writing for the web”, “User experience for the web” and “Strategic management” currently attract the highest numbers of students. Lecturers from a range of universities and polytechnic-type institutions provide the instruction.
In May, the project team announced that completion rates in the Open2Study courses were exceeding 25%, almost four times higher than the industry average with research suggesting average MOOCs completion rates were generally below 7%.