The MOOCs experience at EPFL

Webinars 2018

Webinar presented by Francisco Pinto, EPFL, on February 7, 2018

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a new embodiment of Digital Education that has been gaining momentum around the world since 2012. These are courses presented as video lectures – that professors record at their own universities – with integrated assignments that students can submit and receive a grade for (often automatically).

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was one of the first universities to experiment with MOOCs, and among the few in Europe to integrate the use of MOOCs on its own campus. Some of our professors have been actively using MOOCs as an integral part of their classroom teaching. The MOOCs are authored by professors themselves, and recorded at the Center for Digital Education (CEDE) of EPFL – the new centre responsible for in-house production of MOOCs.

From 2012 to 2017, the MOOCs deployed by EPFL amassed nearly 2 million registrations from 186 countries, of whom more than 100'000 passed the course with a statement of accomplishment.

In this webinar I’ll describe the main activities and results related to the EPFL MOOCs programme, and the main challenges our team and instructors have faced in an effort to maintain EPFL as the undisputed European leader in MOOCs production and integration.