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Launch of WUN Collaborative MOOC: Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the 'Knowledge Economy'

26 March 2014

WUN inter-institutional MOOC on the Coursera platform has 14'600 registered students

Launch of WUN Collaborative MOOC: Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the 'Knowledge Economy' MOOC

A WUN inter-institutional MOOC taught by Professor Susan Robertson (University of Bristol) and Professor Kris Olds (University of Wisconsin-Madison) was launched today on the Coursera platform. The course, Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the 'Knowledge Economy' is designed to examine an array of issues related to the globalization of higher education and research. The main objective of the course is to enable students to better understand how and why universities are engaged in the globalization process, as well as what the key implications of this development process are.

Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’ is designed to help students better understand some of the complex changes worldwide higher education systems are undergoing. Universities and higher education systems worldwide are being transformed by new and changing actors, practices, programs, policies, and agendas. From notions of 'global competency' and 'international branch campuses,' to ever more common perceptions that international collaborative research is a desirable objective, through to the phenomena of bibliometrics, rankings and benchmarking that are framed and operate at a global scale, contexts are changing.

Professor Susan Robertson and Professor Kris Olds collaborate on the WUN project Global Regionalisms, Governance and Higher Education and edit the Global Higher Ed blog.