MOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation

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mooq_logoICDEMOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation

Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education

The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. A first focus will be the improvement of the quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

“We are happy about this close cooperation with ICDE to facilitate high quality in Open Education and MOOCs in the future”, underlines Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands. And Gard Titlestad from ICDE adds: “ICDE is pleased to share the vision of Open Education and to collaborate with MOOQ in the development and consultation of a Quality Reference Framework for MOOCs.”

MOOQ and ICDE have established a partnership for the promotion and support of open online learning and its quality and agree to organize first common activities and events. ICDE is already supporting the first Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs facilitated by the MOOQ alliance (

MOOQ ( is the European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses, called MOOCs. The vision of MOOQ is to foster and improve the quality in Open Learning and Education and in particular in MOOCs leading to a new era of learning experiences.

ICDE, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (, is the leading global membership organization for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.

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Quality in MOOCs: We need your help and opinion!

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Please support our Global MOOC Survey!

Global_MOOC_SurveyDear colleague,

We have launched the first Global Survey on the Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Already several hundreds have contributed but we need all opinions and in particular your view!

Are you a MOOC learner, MOOC designer or MOOC facilitator? Then please take 20-30 minutes of your valuable time and complete our survey:

Thank you very much for your kind help and for sharing your experiences!

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UN organizations support the Global MOOC Survey

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UNITAR joins UNESCO IITE, FAO and ICTILO in international support alliance

Global_MOOC_SurveyUNITAR as fourth UN organization next to UNESCO IITE, FAO and ITCILO commited to support the Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs, see: !

This first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) gains more and more recognition and backing by foremost international associations and institutions, among them the International Council for Distance and Open Education (ICDE), Open Education Consortium (OEC), International Community for Open Research and Education (ICORE), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EATEL), Contact North (CN) and many more.

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Global MOOC Survey launched

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Global_MOOC_SurveyJoin our Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs!

The Global MOOC Survey is launched! It is the first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) addressing three main target groups: MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators. The main long-term goal is the improvement of future MOOCs by developing quality indicators and tools. The survey will foster it through the collection of design and learning experiences and their analysis and discussion afterwards. “We are very excited to facilitate the quality debate with all interested parties worldwide”, emphasises Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands and MOOC expert. The leading international associations and organizations are supporting the survey including three United Nations’ organizations. The Global MOOC Survey started now and is open until end of March 2017 to allow feedback from all interested parties. All findings from the scientific, independent and non-profit survey will be published and shared online.

International organizations supporting the quality initiative MOOQ:

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MOOQ Consortium Meeting in Athens

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MOOQ_Athens_smallAll MOOQ partners were coming to the MOOQ Consortium Meeting in Athens on 4th and 5th of July 2016 to discuss latest and further progress.

The launch of the MOOQ pre-survey at the EDEN Conference in Budapest was a success and first details of the big MOOQ survey were already developed. Feedback from the MOOQ presentation at EDEN were also presented by the MOOQ Coordinator Christian M. Stracke (OUNL) who could talk about only positive echo from the international audience there.

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MOOQ Workshop on Quality of MOOCs at EC-TEL

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The ICORE and MOOQ Workshop on Quality of MOOCs at EC-TEL is inviting you!

ec-tel_lyon_2016Join our interactive workshop on 13th of September 2016 at the EC-TEL Conference in Lyon!

The workshop is jointly organized by MOOQ and ICORE supported by UNESCO IITE, OEC and other organizations at the 11th EC-TEL Conference, the leading event on technology-enhanced learning.

The workshop title is: “How to improve Open Education with Openness for All? Towards a global joint initiative”

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MOOQ survey on Quality of MOOCs launched

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MOOQ LogoThe MOOQ survey on quality of MOOCs launched today

Join our survey, it takes only 10 minutes:

Please share your experiences and expectations with us and all interested MOOC learners and designers!

Let us improve future MOOCs for better learning for all!

Thank you very much for your feedback!

The privacy statement for this MOOQ survey on the quality of MOOCs can be found here.

MOOQ and MOOCs at EDEN Conference 2016 in Budapest

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eden conference 2016MOOCs are dead! Long live MOOCs!

One provocative paper presentation at the European EDEN Conference 2016 among many other activities on MOOCs.

This year, EDEN 2016 has a strong focus on MOOCs and I’m very pleased to heavily contribute and support the debate together with my colleagues:

The presentation of my paper “MOOCs are dead!” will take place in the session D3 on Thursday, 16th of June (from 11:30 to 13:00), you are most welcome to join the discussion!

In addition Christian M. Stracke as the MOOQ coordinator will introduce our ambitious European initiative for comparing and improving the quality of MOOCs: The MOOQ presentation will take place on in the synergy session B5 on Wednesday, 15th of June (from 14:20 to 15:50).

Another speech will demonstrate the interim results of EBE-EUSMOSI, the initiative for evidence-based school education, and in particular the new assessment instrument on inclusion: It will take place in the synergy session F4 on Friday, 17th of June (from 09:00 to 10:30).

And Christian M. Stracke will also introduce the new European research consortium PBL 3.0 for combining learning analytics and semantics in problem-based learning in the same session F4 on Friday, 17th of June (from 09:00 to 10:30).

Finally OUNL colleagues are organizing the EMMA workshop as a bootcamp on MOOC Assessment for Learning in Practice: You are most welcome to join the session B6 on Wednesday, 15th of June (from 14:20 to 15:50).

MOOQ and MOOCs at EDEN Conference 2016 in Budapest: We are looking forward to meeting all colleagues, experts and practitioners and continuing our cooperation!