20 giugno 2016
IPSA is launching a pilot set of Political Science MOOCs, the new format of online higher education. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are considered a «disruptive innovation» in the academic world, offering great opportunities to improve teaching and learning methods as well as a new environment for cooperative efforts to spread knowledge around the world.
Numbers are huge. Thus far, more than 35 million users have enrolled in the estimated 4,200 MOOCs available online. Many among the most authoritative US and European universities are investing a significant amount of financial and organizational resources to take up the new weblearning challenge. However, according to statistics produced by Class Central, social sciences only account for about 10% of this new market, with political science still representing a marginal proportion of the courses offered.
This first set of IPSAMOOCs will cover the basic introductory areas to the study of political science, ranging from Research Designs and Methods to Comparative Political Systems, from World Politics to Political Concepts and History of Political Theory. Each course will follow a common format to enhance user experience across different PS subdisciplinary areas. The IPSAMOOC program finds its hub in IPSAPortal, the official publication dedicated to the retrieval and evaluation of web sources for Political Science.
Authored by some of the outstanding academics in the IPSA community, IPSAMOOCs are a unique contribution to political scientists worldwide as well as to students of politics at large, providing open access to a highly qualified PS core curriculum.