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MOOC: New Massive Open Online Course in Maths

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Sunday, 2 August, 2015

UNSW has become the newest member of the FutureLearn’s newest member in the Asia-Pacific and one of five new global partners of the leading massive open online courses (MOOC) social learning platform.

FutureLearn joins Coursera and OpenLearning as the University’s MOOC partners.

UNSW’s first FutureLearn course, ‘Maths for Humans: Linear, Quadratic & Inverse Relations’, is available now for registration to commence in October 2015.

It is led by Associate Professor Norman Wildberger and Dr Daniel Mansfield of the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics.

By participating, students will strengthen their algebra, geometry and thinking skills by learning about the maths behind real-world relations.

The course is aimed at senior high school students who want to enrich their understanding of a core pre-calculus topic; new undergraduates wishing to consolidate their background in algebra and geometry; high school maths teachers; and anyone with an interest in maths.

Other upcoming free courses include WW1: Lessons and Legacy of the Great War, Environmental Humanities: Remaking Nature and Military Ethics: An Introduction.

Professor Iain Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said: “We are delighted to be partnering with FutureLearn in the provision of MOOCs on their highly adaptable and innovative platform. The opportunity this provides not only extends the reach of UNSW globally, but will also spin back real benefits to our existing students and links strongly to the University’s developing strategic plan.”

The FutureLearn course experience centres on social interaction, whereby people learn by engaging in conversations around the learning material. FutureLearn is wholly owned by The Open University (UK), which has over 40 years of expertise in distance and online learning. Close to two million learners from more than 190 countries have registered since the first courses began in October 2013, generating almost four million course registrations.

Read the full announcement here.

UNSW Science media contact: Deborah Smith: 9385 7307, 0478 492 060, deborah.smith@unsw.edu.au