The list is compiled from reviews submitted by MOOC participants across the the globe and with over 8000 MOOCs from over 750 universities worldwide currently available (Class Central 2017), the team are ecstatic about the achievement. MOOC team project manager, Sukaina Walji, believes that, “the rankings reflect positive opinions of some participants and we are thrilled that the academics’ passion and commitment to sharing their knowledge is being recognised”.
What is a Mind?, Extinctions and Understanding Clinical Research are all lead by top-rated researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Professor Mark Solms (What is a Mind?) is a world-renowned neuroscientist, a pioneer in the field of neuropsychoanalysis, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan (Extinctions) is an award-winning palaeobiologist and author, and Dr Juan Klopper (Understanding Clinical Research) is the Head of Post-Graduate Surgical Research and the Head of Surgical Education at UCT.
The most recent of the three MOOCs, Extinctions: Past & Present (which looks at how the earth’s biodiversity has changed over millennia) has sparked great learner participation and insight. According to one enthused learner, “this has been a most interesting and instructive course - one of the best I've ever done, and I'm a FutureLearn addict. The material has been well chosen and warmly presented by our enthusiastic and engaging lead educator and her contributors.”
With three more MOOCs planned for 2017, the team is looking forward to sharing UCT expertise and knowledge with an ever-expanding audience. Sign up for MOOCs from UCT.