New project – EMMA started

I just arrived from Naples, kick-off meeting of the EMMA project. We, in the Centre for Educational Technology in Tallinn University, started with the new project – EMMA – European Multiple MOOC Aggregator, funded by 7th framework program, European Commission. Project period is 02.2014 – 08.2014.

Project is coordinated by Universita Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II from Italy.  Consortium includes partners from Spain (Atos Spain SA, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberda de Catalunya, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia), Italy (Ipsos SRL, CSP – Innovazione Nelle ICT S.C.A.R.L), Netherlands (Open Universitet Nederland), Portugal (Universidade Aberta), United Kingdom (University of Leicester), France (Universite fe Bourgone), Belgium (ATIT Bvba).

Project aims to pilot the EMMA – MOOC’s aggregator – for conducting the MOOCs in different European countries. Emma aims to showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs, providing a system for the delivery of free, open, online courses from diverse European universities with the goal of preserving Europe’s rich cultural, educational and linguistic heritage and promoting cross-cultural and multi-lingual learning. MOOCs are a recent development, rapidly becoming a significant trend in higher education. The open nature of MOOCs provides opportunities for expanding access to higher education and creating a space for experimentation with online teaching and learning. This exploration of new approaches for higher education provision has generated significant interest from governments, institutions and others. Building on existing and proven technology, EMMA will provide an opportunity, even for smaller institutions, to share high-quality content. EMMA will provide a framework and infrastructure, while participating institutions will remain autonomous in their choice of design, methodology and tools. EMMA will operate in two main modes; as an aggregator and hosting system of courses produced by European universities; and as a system that enables learners to construct their own courses using units from MOOCs as building blocks. The EMMA Consortium aims at a multi-lingual, multi-cultural approach to learning by offering inbuilt translation and transcription services for courses hosted on the platform. The pilot will operate in 2 steps, first by making available a significant number of existing courses from project partners and/or MOOCs providers and then by bringing on board a second tier of universities keen to experiment with MOOCs. Pilots will run in 7 countries with a total of 16 MOOCs and will involve at least 60.000 users. Courses will be offered in the language of each country, in English, and the pilot will trial an embryo form of multi-lingual translation by offering courses in Italian and Spanish as well. Advances in learning analytics will feature in the analysis and evaluation work and a series of innovative approaches will be trialed to make the piloted service sustainable in the medium to long term.

In the project, we will:

– Develop the learning analytics methodology with the technical suggestions how to integrate EMMA and different approaches to analytics;

– Develop and conduct at least one MOOC

Project seems interesting and the learning analytics approach is really exciting for us. Certainly gives valuable insights for our other projects as well that develop with the learning analytics.

Kick-off meeting was nice and I can’t be happier that we have consortium that consists mainly South-European countries – what a city, weather, food and people we met.