Online courses make advances

More than 400 delegates are meeting in London to examine how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can help improve access to higher education.

The two-day conference on 31 March and 1 April, which is being hosted by the University of London, has been co-organised by the University of Edinburgh.

The event is being led by Coursera, the online learning platform that has so far attracted seven million students to its free and open courses.

Global demand for higher education

In attendance will be university presidents, provosts, chancellors, senior academics and a wide range of educational experts from around the world.

Delegates are exploring how technology can be used to address the global demand for higher education.

Partners are exchanging ideas in workshop sessions and hearing presentations from leading figures in the online learning arena.

The University of Edinburgh, which became the first university in Europe to join Coursera, is one of the biggest providers in the UK of online learning.

There are more than 600 Coursera courses on offer from more than 100 partner institutions.

Edinburgh’s commitment to free online courses has led to more than 600,000 learners signing up for our MOOCs. With more than a dozen courses on offer, we are determined to make important new knowledge accessible and open to everyone and anyone.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaVice-Chancellor and Principal

I am sure this will prove to be a significant historical step in the development of the way in which the higher education meets the growing global demand for quality higher education and lifelong learning in future years.

Professor Sir Adrian SmithThe University of London’s Vice-Chancellor