EMMA will pilot a European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA), providing a system for the provision of free, open, online courses from diverse European universities with the goal of enhancing European integration and promoting social and cultural inclusion.

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MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are a recent development, rapidly becoming a significant trend in higher education. The open nature of MOOCs provides opportunities for expanding access to higher education and creating a space for experimentation with online teaching and learning. This exploration of new approaches for higher education provision has generated significant interest from governments, institutions and others.

Building on existing and proven technology, the EMMA aggregator will provide an opportunity, even for smaller institutions, to share high-quality content. EMMA will provide a framework and infrastructure, while participating institutions will remain autonomous in their choice of design, methodology and tools. EMMA will operate in two main modes; as an aggregator of courses produced by European universities already available; and as a system which enables learners to construct their own courses using units from MOOCs as building blocks. The EMMA Consortium plan to exploit online learning content by providing greater access to higher education to a wider public and, in so doing, to help safeguard and promote Europe’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage.

The pilot will operate in 2 steps, first by making available a significant number of courses from existing MOOC providers and then by bringing on board a second tier of universities keen to experiment with MOOCs. Pilots will run in 5 countries and involve 60.000 users. Courses will be offered in the language of each country as well as in English. Advances in learning analytics will feature in the analysis and evaluation work.

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