DG Education and Culture and new technologies
Commissioner Vassiliou welcomes the launch of the first pan-European university MOOCs (massive open online courses). MOOCs are online university courses which enable people to access quality education without having to leave their homes. Around 40 courses, covering a wide variety of subjects, will be available free of charge and in 12 different languages. The initiative is led by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and mostly involves open universities. Detailed information about the initiative and the courses on offer is available on the portal www.OpenupEd.eu. Simultaneously, the Commission released a new survey of schools: ICT in Education. The study reveals that students and teachers in Europe are keen to “go digital”, computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now “connected”, but use of ICTs and digital skill levels are very uneven. These skills and support for teachers to deliver them need a strong boost, offered by the new Commission’s roadmap, Opening Up Education, a proposal for an European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies.