EPFL MOOCs now have over two million registered users

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The number of people who have signed up for EPFL’s free online courses just broke the two million mark. With more than a hundred MOOCs to date, EPFL is the leading e-learning provider in Europe.

EPFL launched its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in 2012 and has never looked back. The School has already developed more than a hundred courses and has tens more in the pipeline, making it the leading MOOC provider in Europe. More than two million people – from over 200 countries – have signed up for one of EPFL’s online courses.

 

«EPFL believes that MOOCs, far from being a fad, are an essential teaching resource and well suited to continuing education.»

A boon for continuing education

Not everyone who starts an EPFL MOOC completes it. But over 100,000 people have made it all the way through a course – and they have the certificate to prove it. MOOCs are also a valuable learning resource for EPFL students themselves. More and more teachers are working MOOCs into their curricula in creative and experimental ways. One of these is flipped classrooms, where students learn the material themselves outside of class. The professor can then devote class time to theory and helping the students with particular difficulties.

EPFL believes that MOOCs, far from being a fad, are an essential teaching resource and well suited to continuing education. That’s why the School created Swiss MOOC Service, in partnership with ETH Zurich, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

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