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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | TEACHING AND LEARNING
CILT CELEBRATES STRIDES
IN DIGITAL EDUCATION
UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) celebrated its
many successes in the digital education space at an event on 7 June 2018.
eighth offering on Future Learn.
UCT’s MOOC project has been
remarkably successful, noted Price,
largely due to the quality of the
courses and lecturers.
“Most of us are teachers because
we want to affect people’s lives, and
we want to share our knowledge and
change the way they think.”
MOOCs offer opportunities to do
this on a scale that was previously
unimaginable, he said.
“It’s also, obviously, a way in which
we fulfil our social mission of making
education accessible.”
“What’s been particularly gratifying
is that the expertise that was built
up making those MOOCs is now
being channelled into the formal,
credit-bearing courses and into the
formal online education programme,”
Czerniewicz said.
The gathering recognised three
important milestones in online
education at UCT: the completion
of 12 massive open online courses
(MOOCs), the building of the One
Button Studio – an automated digital
media facility for creating educational
videos – and the launch of the formal
online education project.
CILT director Associate Professor
Laura Czerniewicz paid tribute to
then vice-chancellor, Dr Max Price, for
his support for online education.
In the past three years, 200 000
people have signed up for UCT
MOOCs, Czerniewicz reported. On
average, 700 people join one of the
eight courses available on Coursera
every week.
UCT’s first two MOOCs, Medicine
and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare
and What is a Mind? are now in their
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