The highest ranked university in the world will soon join prestigious institutions like Berkeley, Harvard and MIT in offering free massive open online courses (MOOCs).
This news is certainly a treat to all the students who have been dreaming to be a part of Oxford University. Isn’t it?
It has been said that Oxford University will partner with nonprofit online learning platform edX to teach a freely available economics class titled, “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development.”
However, this particular course is a perfect fit for promoting accessibility in places of higher education: it will be taught by Oxford Economics and Public Policy professor Sir Paul Collier, and will examine the vital role that governments play in boosting economic development, according to a statement from the university.
“The School’s mission is to improve government around the world through research and education, and this requires better educated public officials, teachers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens,” Professor Ngaire Woods, the Dean of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government said. “We see this first massive open online course as an effective way to expand access to knowledge beyond the classrooms of Oxford, and to help people understand how their community and country can flourish wherever they are in the world.”
Enrolment is open now through edX’s platform and students can expect to spend about two to three hours per week on the six-week course. All the material will be provided to the students soon after the course registration closes.