On 11th November 2013 the University of Southampton will be running its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), focusing on Web Science – a taster of how the web is changing the world and how the world is changing the web. It will be the first of many courses that will be made available in partnership with platform provider FutureLearn for people to study online, for free, wherever they are based in the world. The MOOC will appeal as a taster for people considering more formal educational programmes in this area, or to anyone with a particular interest in the web and its relationship with business and society.
No prior subject knowledge is required to participate in the Web Science MOOC, just enthusiasm and willingness to engage in building a global online community of interest around the topic. The course lasts for 6 weeks, and each week will require 2-6 hours of study through a combination of video, articles, activities and interactions via social media.
Digital Economy will have a one week section of the MOOC, with contributions from Ian Brown, Chris Phethean, Reuben Binns, Lorraine Warren and myself. We will discuss how the web is enabling both new forms of digital business and the transformation of traditional business. The Course Team are all actively involved in researching different aspects of this topic, and collectively the contributions highlight how the abundance of digital data impacts upon the activities of a range of stakeholders – consumers, job seekers, recruiters and commercial operations, while enabling new business models and entrepreneurial opportunities to be developed.
Below you can see myself, Chris and Reuben relaxing with the lovely camera crew Joe and Kerry after filming of our MOOC videos was completed 🙂