A Polish MOOC: OPI PIB launches a tool for remote learning
This year saw the launch of the project entitled “Polish MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)”. The project consists in developing a nationwide distance learning platform, aimed at providing a wide range of virtual courses helping learners to acquire new skills that are required on the labour market.
The role of OPI PIB (the National Information Processing Institute) was to adapt the EdX platform, developed at MIT and Harvard University, to local Polish needs. To this end, OPI PIB specialists conducted user research, as well as EdX performance research, and modified many processes and the user interface. All these efforts were undertaken in order for the Polish MOOC to meet the expectations and to be user-friendly in the eyes of Polish users. Notably, thanks to data cloud, the number of concurrent users will be almost unlimited.
The platform will also work on mobile devices and will be available through all popular web browsers. With access to the Internet, users can study wherever and whenever they want to.
Ultimately, the courses will be authored not only by universities and scientific institutions, but also non-governmental organisations and businesses.
The project has been commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and is carried out by the Young Science Foundation (FMN) in cooperation with the National Information Processing Institute and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland. As the next stage, the National Centre for Research and Development will announce a competition for developing courses that will be offered on the Polish MOOC platform.