Why not try a MOOC*

Journalism MOOC

Easter 2014 saw me sat at my kitchen table beside my son, who was revising for his university exams, completing a course of study from Cardiff University.

Following a challenge from Sharon Davidson (Assistant Head Post-16) to engage with on-line learning, I had signed up for a Future Learn course in Community Journalism.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt confident that the Centre for Community Journalism in Cardiff would provide an excellent introduction to my first experience of on-line learning. The main attraction for me was the chance to hear directly from the leading academic staff in my chosen subject.

What an opportunity!

I wasn’t disappointed. Over five weeks, the course offered insights and advice on all aspects of setting up and sharing a community website, identifying and building an audience and managing an on-line community.

Especially valuable was the option of sharing in dialogue and discussion with the course tutors and other learners by using a dedicated hashtag and the on-line forums.

All this was offered free of charge!

Community Journalism was a great course for me but Future Learn has a wide range of titles available from ‘Archaeology of Portus’ (University of Southampton) to ‘The Discovery of the Higgs Boson’ (University of Edinburgh).

There really is something for everyone. All you have to do is get on-line and sign up!


*Massive Open Online Course offered (free of charge) by the best universities around the world

Stop Press:
The Centre is now offering the Community Journalism MOOC for a second time starting on 16 March 2015.

Sarah Nicholson



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