OCWC Welcomes New Members (December 2013)

New Institutional Member 

Telecom Bretagne, France

Founded in 1977, Telecom Bretagne is one of the most prestigious graduate engineering schools (“Grandes Ecoles”) in France. It is a public institution, under the aegis of the Ministry for Industry and is a member of the Institute Mines-Telecom and the Université européenne de Bretagne (European University of Brittany). The college trains future professionals for careers in industry, services and research.

The degrees on offer at Telecom Bretagne are internationally recognized and comply with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA):

  • Master of Engineering (Diplôme d’Ingénieur)
  • MSc in Telecom, in Computer Science, in Networks, in Biomedical Information
  • PhD

Other education programmes such as Continuous Training and Post-Master Professional certificates are available at Telecom Bretagne. Telecom Bretagne has two campuses (Brest and Rennes) with an excellent teaching record and internationally renowned research activities. One of its greatest successes has been turbo codes for which Prof C. Berrou won the Marconi Prize in 2005. Telecom Bretagne has partnerships with more than 50 establishments of higher education and research throughout the world. It collaborates with MIT and the Lausanne École Polytechnique Fédérale on the subject of pedagogic innovation.

All courses (40) on the website (http://formations.telecom-bretagne.eu/fad) are available under CC licenses. CC license is also used for MOOCs that Telecom Bretagne is developing. The MOOCs will be provided on the EDX platform in France. Telecom Bretagne is also maintaining an open web site about innovation and pedagogy that will enlarge the local website http://readip.blogspot.fr/ in France (and Francophonie) and that will be published under CC licenses from January 2014.

New Organizational Member 

iversity, Germany

iversity works with top professors from renowned universities from across Europe and the USA to provide great online courses! And they’re completely free! From Dark Matter to Finance to the Science of Storytelling, you’ll find a MOOC to suit your interests on iversity.org.

iversity is committed to becoming the leading MOOC provider in Europe. They are an open platform that provides high quality Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to students all over the world. They research the pedagogical advantages of MOOCs, and employ well-researched pedagogical techniques. They encourage peer-to-peer discussion and feedback on their forums, which are moderated by the course lecturer and TA. It is in this way they aim to improve higher education. MOOCs are not a replacement for the university; they simply complement and build upon existing learning. Their courses are free to anyone-they want to empower students from all over the world. They have worked with universities so students can obtain ECTS credits for three of their courses. They can take the course and submit all homework online, and then must sit the final exam in the respective university.

iversity will work closely with authors of various MOOCs on their platform and will encourage them to release their course content under open licenses.