Putting the E into MOOC: Open courses and English language education

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have entered the English language education environment and are already making waves.

Late last year, we launched a Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC) and quickly established a global user base in the thousands. We are also about to launch a series of Australia-wide workshops (in partnership with English Australia) to professionally develop English as a Second Language (ESL) staff in the use of online ESL tools. This will help to expand the number of education professionals able to provide English language education over the web.

The MOOEC provides open, online ESL lessons constructed by partner universities and colleges. As opposed to seeking financial return through certification, the platform seeks to build an alternative recruitment model for on-campus enrolment.

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