Monash reveals MOOC on coding

Monash University has announced its first massive open online course (MOOC) will be launched this June and focus on coding.

Monash has partnered with UK MOOC provider FutureLearn to build its first two MOOCs, which are free and open to anyone in the world.

The first course, “Creative Coding,” will begin on 2 June and cover computer programming for creative design.

A second MOOC called “The Science Of Medicines” will open on 1 September and cover treatment of major health issues including heart disease, depression, diabetes and pain control.

Each course will combine videos, articles, case studies and other rich media, Monash said.

“This is an opportunity to make Monash courses open to the broadest audience, further enhancing our international reach,” said Monash professor Darrell Evans.

Evans said the coding course “is truly multidisciplinary, cutting across information technology and art and design”.

“Being a course that will encourage creativity, we see the FutureLearn platform as the ideal way to facilitate a vibrant exchange of ideas amongst students from the broadest mix of geographical and cultural backgrounds,” he said.

Other Australian universities that have adopted MOOCs include the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

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