January 19, 2022

A Variety of Content From the BBC Will Help Power Four MOOCs From UK Universities

BBC Learning is working on this project.

From the British Broadcasting Company Blog:

This year has seen the start of four years of commemoration of the centenary of World War One – as part of this commemoration, a number of the UK’s leading universities have been developing online courses which explore themes around the war that changed everything. For the BBC it offered the perfect opportunity to explore the value we could add as a content partner.

We are working with universities to support the formal learning aspects of the course with a range of supporting material – content in production at the moment includes curated audio and video clips for the archive, audio slideshows and articles written by our world-leading news correspondents.

The BBC will also look to engage with course learners by driving debate moments and conversations across social media and online.

Users will also have chance to curate their own exhibition from Britain’s collection of oil paintings on the BBC Your Paintings website.

We cover a broad range of subjects in this exciting set of online courses.

  1. Aviation Comes of Age, from the University of Birmingham
  2. Changing Faces of Heroism, from the University of Leeds
  3. Paris 1919 – A New World Order?, from the University of Glasgow
  4. Trauma and Memory, from The Open University

You can register for one of the free courses from today – you’ll be sent welcome and background information; the courses will run through October and November this year.

To support this pilot, we have created four new BBC iWonder guides based on the themes of the online courses, presented by Dan
Snow (pictured), Sian Williams, David Shukman and Johnson Beharry VC to introduce audiences to these topics and explore different perspectives on thought-provoking questions.

You will find links to all related iWonder guides from the BBC’s World War One portal.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.