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DIT goes live with first Irish MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

The DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre is delighted to be facilitating Ireland's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), more information on the technological and pedgagogical underpinning is available from Dr. Frances Boylan (LTTC) and Ken Lacey (LTTC)

DIT, in association with DPS Education and Training Ltd, is going live with the first Irish Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This three-week introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing will explore how medicines are manufactured and how quality and safety are managed in this highly regulated industry in order to ensure patient safety. Enrolment on the pharmaMOOC is open to all, and the content will be facilitated by Dr. Anne Greene (DIT) and Dr. Joe Brady (DPS).

By its nature, a MOOC aims to make course content available freely online so that prospective students can take a course anywhere in the world. The content in this first DIT course will be presented in a practical and easy to understand format, with videos and detailed supporting materials, practical examples, live streamed sessions, and online collaborations via discussion forums, Facebook and Twitter. A certificate of attendance will be presented to all those who participate fully in the pharmaMOOC and who pass the weekly wrap-up quizzes.

“So you want to work in the pharmaceutical industry?” is aimed at a very broad range of prospective learners from all continents. According to Dr. Anne Greene, DIT School of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, “We hope the pharmaMOOC will be interesting to learners, and that they will complete the three-week course. It will also act as a ‘taster’ for DIT’s BSc in the Manufacture of Medicinal Products (DT291), and our Continuing Professional Development courses, e(Bio) PharmaChem and e-Validation, all of which are available on-line, should any learners wish to progress further with their education in the area”

Dr. Joe Brady, DPS, is also looking forward to seeing how learners joining this very innovative course react to its delivery and its content. “Not only is this the first MOOC designed and launched in Ireland, it is also the first of its kind in the pharma sector so we expect quite a lot of interest in a number of markets.”

The MOOC is being hosted on CourseSites, a supported cloud-based learning system provided by Blackboard Inc, CourseSites, which incorporates integrated learning tools that facilitate mobile learning on a wide range of devices, hosts MOOCs for many universities and will allow prospective learners from across the world to avail of the opportunity to sign up for this free online course.

The course has now finished.

You can also follow the MOOC on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PharmaMooc and on Twitter at

Almost 900 students from around the globe took part!

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