What is MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the Internet. The idea is simple – MOOC providers put courses taught by highly effective professors (often from prestigious universities such as Stanford, University of London, University of Toronto and Australia National University) online for anyone to access. For example, since 2012, more than 11.9 million students from around the world have taken courses via Coursera, one of the first MOOC providers.


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Why MOOC

One big reason behind the massive popularity of MOOCs is the ability for students to access world-class learning materials and knowledge, with minimal or no fees incurred. Some MOOCs even allow students to receive credits upon successful completion of the course. For example, edX, another pioneer MOOC provider with over 300 courses offered, is collaborating with universities such as Harvard and MIT to offer certificates for selected courses to anyone who completes the programmes.


Benefits of MOOC

  • MOOCs can reach a much broader audience. Students – of all ages anywhere in the country – via an internet connection will now be able toaccess high quality courses even if they are not currently enrolled at a HLI.

  • Leveraging MOOCs will allow Malaysian HLIs to quickly augment their programmes with international course content and/or add new courses which they could not previously provide. Further, HLIs can use MOOCs to build their global brand and visibility. Such international exposure will also reinforce and support the continuous raising of quality standards.

  • Leveraging MOOCs will allow HLIs to decrease the cost of creating and delivering programmes without compromising quality. For example, Georgia Institute of Technology is offering a new master’s degree in computer science, delivered through a series of MOOCs, at a cost four times lower than the school’s traditional on-campus degree..



Background

Putra Massive Open Online Course (PutraMOOC) launched by Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Education Minister II on April 7, 2014. It is Universiti Putra Malaysia's (UPM) latest public service to the community and the world at large - an online learning environment on various field of studies offering video lectures, interactive forums, chats, quizzes, e-assessments and other learning activities. Called Putra Massive Open Online Course (PutraMOOC), the initiative that is considered a 21st century learning environment, is open to the global communities at no cost. They just need to register online (openlearning.com/putramooc) and follow the course fully online. Some of the courses will take seven to eight weeks to be completed.

Available from 14 April 2014 are the courses on "Agriculture and Man" and "Malay Arts". Other courses will be made available in PutraMOOC as they are now in the making to reflect equal quality materials to the existing UPM's in-campus courses. In line with the national level MOOC initiative, UPM is also preparing "Islamic Civilization and Asian Civilization" (TITAS), a compulsory course for all public universities on to be offered as a MOOC course and this initiative will benefit in-campus students, as well as interested public communities. This new platform of learning is also in line with the current National Higher Education Strategic Plan which emphasizes life-long learning, e-Learning, internationalization and knowledge transfer.

The development of PutraMOOC learning environment began its journey since November 2013, holding on to five main principles namely "Open Access, Equal Opportunity", "Small Idea, Big Impact", "Local University, Global Community", "Enriching Learning Experience" and above all, UPM's main principle, "With Knowledge, We serve". UPM is planning to expand its PutraMOOC's role in spearheading the university's Agriculture agenda through collaboration with Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities (AAACU), offering agriculture related courses to reach out the global communities via the new learning environment. It is a vision that UPM sees through PutraMOOC that the university will go a step further towards globally fostering new generation of learning experience. Recent featured courses available are Agriculture & Man; Malay Arts; Tamadun Islam & Tamadun Asia (TITAS); Malaysian Food Heritage; Islamic Finance: Principles & Applications; Halal Foods; Ethology & Animal Welfare; and also Water Safety.



List of PutraMOOC Courses by Faculty


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Synopsis:


As the title goes, "Agriculture and Man" are two components that are interconnected, dependent on one another and both help shape the environment, society and life on earth. From the beginning of human civilization to the current age of high end technology, the omnipresent connection between Agriculture and Man is well acknowledged. In this course, we will explore the evolution of agriculture from the beginning to the present where agriculture is an important aspect for food security and wealth creation which is driven by economic development and technology in a sustainable manner. In this course, modern agriculture is portrayed as science, art and business that plays an important role and has an impact on resource utilization and human development. The following interesting and enlightening topics have been chosen as the course content for the comprehensive understanding of this subject among enrolled students.

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Synopsis:


In this course participants will be introduced to the importance of studying behaviour in animals and relating it to proper management of animals under their care.

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This course covers the various aspects of Islamic finance principles in the social and profit making transactions. Subsequently, it presents the application of Islamic financial contracts in order to fulfill the individuals and the institutional needs in investing and financing.

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Synopsis:


By the end of this course, the student is able to

 

1. solve mathematical problems by using functions, complex numbers, matrices, sequences and series, differentiation and integration.

2. analyze problems involving functions, complex numbers, matrices, sequences and series, differentiation and integration to solve engineering problems.

3. explain mathematical problem solving related to engineering.


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By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Understand the concept of halal food and the importance of halal food.

2. Identify the sources of halal food.

3. Briefly describe requirements related to the integrity of halal food.

This course introduces the concept of halal food in Islam, halal food sources, related Shariah laws and ensuring sanctity of halal food.

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This course has the aim to provide you with background knowledge of Malaysia Food Heritage from various aspects. You will be exposed to the various food heritage with the introduction, the essential Malaysian ingredients, local and regional cuisine, culinary heritage and cooking techniques, each meal components for Malay, Chinese and Indian, famous Malaysian breakfast, noodles dishes, main meals, afternoon tea and desserts. Besides, famous street foods as well as major festival and wedding cuisines from different races in Malaysia is expected to be the highlights of this course. Fusion foods such as Nyonya, Eurasian and Chitty foods is also covered in this course.

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Kursus Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS) ini memfokus kepada peranan ilmu ketamadunan dalam membina masyarakat Malaysia berasaskan prinsip-prinsip tamadun bagi mengamalkan semangat hormat menghormati dan berinteraksi dalam masyarakat pelbagai agama. Pengajian ketamadunan ini juga berperanan penting dalam pembinaan tamadun Malaysia agar masyarakat peka dengan isi-isi ketamadunan dan mempunyai sikap positif terhadap dialog budaya dan tamadun.

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A brief summary of the course...

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This course encompasses aspects of basic microbiology including the organization and characteristics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Microbial metabolism, growth and control are demonstrated. The microbial systematics and ecology, introductory to immunology and pplication of microorganisms in the environment and their roles in daily lives are emphasized.

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Kursus Caring with Honour: Penjagaan Paliatif untuk pesakit kanser dibangunkan untuk memberi pengetahuan dan mendidik peserta atau kelompok masyarakat berkaitan asas penjagaan pesakit kanser secara paliatif di rumah.
Pada akhir kursus ini diharap pelajar dapat:
1. Memahami ciri-ciri dan keperluan penjagaan paliatif untuk pesakit kanser secara keseluruhan.

2. Mempelajari teknik pengurusan pesakit kanser dengan betul dari segi fizikal dan psikologi

3. Memahami proses menghadapi kehilangan, kesedihan dan menghadapi kematian ahli keluarga/kenalan yang menghidap kanser.


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Helpdesk


Interested to develop MOOC course, please contact us at:

 

Division of Innovation in Teaching and Learning

+603-8947 1465

cadeinovasi@upm.edu.my.

 

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Support


To learn more about developing PutraMOOC course, join our Learning with MOOC online course by scan the QR Code or clicking icon below:


 

 

Or download the document below:

 

1. Garis Panduan Pembangunan dan Penyampaian Malaysia MOOC

2. Panduan Pembangunan PutraMOOC