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MOOCs for Credit .. goes live

Student Credits for MOOCs

Exactly one year ago I wrote about our Credits for MOOCs idea. What would it take to open up MOOCs to our campus students? The answer is credits of course. (See my blog of November 2015). I am happy to announce the start of our pilot. From this week on our students can join a number of MOOCs and get credits for them.

The first MOOCs for credits will be provided by TU Delft, University of Queensland, Australia National University, and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and they will start in February 2017. During the summer a broader variety of courses will be made available by universities such as Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Rice University. Other top 100 universities have said they are keen to join.

Why is this such an important step?
First of all because it will give students a much wider choice in their education. Because they will not only be able to take part in the MOOCs from their home university but also those of partner universities, students will be able to follow courses on topics their own university has no expertise in or courses on. The joint MOOC portfolio includes courses such as AstrophysicsEvidence-based Practice in Managementthe Psychology of Criminal JusticeEnglish Grammar and StyleTying Quantum Knots, and Engineering: Building with Nature. For a complete list see:
Secondly, it will make learning more flexible for students and provide them with a digital way to learn across borders, a virtual Erasmus Programme, if you will.
And this is the third reason why this project is so important. Exchange programmes so far have been live. A very interesting learning experience for students, but for many not possible due to time or financial constraints.

The reasons to do this were clear upfront, but there were several challenges to overcome before we could start, ranging from organising exams, dealing with different time zones and embedding each other’s MOOCs in our regular credit recognition. With the support and contributions from our online teachers, faculties, boards of examiners, administrators and partner universities we have created a route for virtual exchange. A route where not the student travels, but the course content and exam.

It is our ambition is to let this portfolio grow. We will keep you posted. In the meantime: students – join!

Celebrating one million MOOC enrolments


This summer we reached a big milestone: one million enrolments for our MOOCs on the edX platform. Last Thursday we celebrated this with the TU Delft community. The focus of the event was to show the impact of the 1M.

We joined the edX consortium in the beginning of 2013 and the first two MOOCs started in September 2013. After three years we have 36 MOOCs with 1 million enrolments. This has exceeded all our expectations.

We have reached this milestone thanks to our fantastic team. Rob Fastenau, eDean of the Extension School, said “Behind every course there are teachers who go the extra mile“. Faculty and support team, they all did a great job.

Impact of our MOOCs

Big numbers are good, but what do they mean? During the event we discussed the goals we originally had. We also looked at the impact of our MOOCs:

  • Educate the World: increase access to education
  • Enhance TU Delft’s reputation
  • Improve campus education
  • Facilitate a stronger relation between education and research
  • Provide better collaboration with industry
  • See how MOOCs and the Extension School can be a catalyst for organisational change

We received a very warm congratulation message of Anant Agarwal, President of edX:

The Next Step

I think we all agree that the MOOC programme has had a very positive impact. We are currently working on the next steps, such as proving credits for MOOCs for our campus students and those of partner universities, more collaboration with industry to offer professional education and apply what we learned in our MOOCs to our campus education.


Panel discussion on Education & Research


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