The MOOCs movement has generally lagged in Europe compared to the U.S. But regional providers are being established here in the Old World, such as Berlin-based iversity and the U.K.’s Futurelearn consortium – the latter backed by the veteran distant learning business, the Open University, TechCrunch reports.

And now the European Commission is throwing the budding European Massive Open Online Courses movement a bone, by creating a network of MOOCs providers specifically focusing on web and app skills. It’s partnering with iversity to establish the network.

The E.C.’s agenda here is to up the level of digital skills in the region to ensure future jobs can...

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