UQ’s online education for more than one million students

More than one million people are eager to learn from University of Queensland experts, with UQ’s Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) program accepting its one millionth enrolment recently.

UQ runs 16 MOOCs through its UQx program, a service that offers free online university courses to anyone with access to the internet.

UQ's online education for more than one million students
UQx offers 16 online courses (Image: UQ)

UQx Director John Zornig said UQx released its first MOOC, The Science of Everyday Thinking, in March 2014.

“To grow at this rate—reaching more than one million students in less than two and half years—demonstrates the quality of our courses and the desire our international audience has to learn,” he said.

“We’ve gone from one course to sixteen, covering off on topics such as hypersonics, critical thinking, climate science and anthropology.

“UQx is also responsible for the world’s first online course designed to improve healthcare for people with an intellectual disability, as well as our incredibly popular grammar and style course, which has attracted more than 270,000 enrolments.

“Our English preparation course, which helps non-native English speakers around the world kick-start their university education, has attracted more than 200,000 learners in less than a year.

“We have many more courses planned, and look forward to sharing UQ’s academic and research excellence with the world.”

Mr Zornig said the MOOCs were not only benefitting online users.

“Every UQx MOOC is used in some way in UQ’s on-campus teaching, and the focus at UQx has increasingly turned to enhancing on-campus programs,” he said.

UQx’s MOOCs enrolments to date:

Course
Released
Enrolments to 02/07/16
The Science of Everyday Thinking
02/03/14
259,711
Introduction to Biomedical Imaging
07/04/14
37,605
Hypersonics – from Shock Waves to Scramjets
06/04/14
17,965
Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
28/04/14
22,762
Anthropology of Current World Issues
25/08/14
30,704
English Grammar and Style
22/09/14
279,847
The Psychology of Criminal Justice
20/10/14
40,448
Making Sense of Climate Science Denial
28/04/15
26,101
Philosophy and Critical Thinking
24/11/15
26,374
IELTS Academic Test Preparation
27/11/15
205,947
Unlocking Your Employability
28/01/16
17,914
Working in Teams: A Practical Guide
14/03/16
7,147
AbleX Series: Intellectual Disability Healthcare
21/03/16
4,562
Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation
28/06/16
18,331
Question Everything: Scientific Thinking in Real Life
12/07/16
4,959

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