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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

MOOCs are a modern educational instrument with which large audiences all over the world can be reached. MOOCs make use of modern technologies, enabling interested students and audiences to go through this class remotely.

CLICS will produce three MOOCs in the areas of automatic speech recognition, machine translation, and robotics.  The partners involved in the thematic network have outstanding expertise in these areas and belong to the leading educational and research institutions in the world in these areas. The MOOCs will be joint productions by all partners in the network. Different topics within the MOOCs will be covered by different lecturers from the different partners according to their expertise and reputation.

 

The MOOCs that we are going to offer will be given in English due to the reach of that language. But in order to lower the language barrier for interested international participants we are going to utilize the technology of speech translation in order to offer automatically or semi-automatically generated multilingual subtitles. By integrating tools for user corrections from the crowd of participants to the MOOC we seek to achieve high quality, multilingual subtitles in many languages.

 

The instruments in the MOOCs include videos that teach content, scripts and books, intermediate and exit quizzes for student self-assessment and progress monitoring, animations, Wikis, discussion fora, mailing lists etc. MOOCs deliver educational content according to the latest results in pedagogical research in a multimodal way.

 

While students participating in regular MOOCs usually do not earn credits towards a degree, CLICS' MOOCs will be integrated into the partners’ degree programs, so that students enrolled at one of the partner institutions can earn credits for their degree. The MOOC will also contain practical exercises, in the form of lab work as it is often found in computer science degree programs. Students at the partner institutions will be able to take the lab at the institutions, while outside students will be able to participate via virtual machines and experimentation environments that will be set-up for them. The partners will bring in the necessary software to implement these lab course part. Especially CMU will bring in Speech Kitchen (http://speechkitchen.org) and will make it available for use in the MOOCs.

 

Further, the MOOCs will foster exchange between the partner institutions at all levels, from students, researchers to institute directors. By being presented with several international lecturers from the different partners, students will be made aware of the international nature of the research in the fields of the MOOCs. They will become familiar with the different international researchers and institutions and their research interests and areas of expertise. This will help students to identify suitable international institutions for possible exchanges, e.g., for research and study purposes, that fit the students’ interests.