Monday, 4 August 2014

Reporting MOOC: course has excellent response and exciting further developments

We have now come to the end of Week 3 of the 5 weeks of free online learning about animal welfare. This week we start looking at Production animal welfare, as we go ‘ Down on the Farm’.


Our MOOC Community

We now have around 32,000 people signed up from more than 160 countries  – with 20 % of these described as developing economies. The level of engagement has been superb – involving people as wide ranging as the CEO’s of NGOS, International welfare standards policy advisors, teenagers, veterinarians from all over the   world and students of all ages and backgrounds. 

On line discussion forums are buzzing with people debating what we mean by animal sentience, the need for an objective approach to assessing animal welfare, diet preference and if this does improve welfare, dog meat farming and so on. Its a full time job keeping up with it all!  

Developing Access with Mandarin and Spanish options

The icing on the cake is that we have managed to start the process of getting the video lectures subtitled for our Mandarin speaking viewers –  and when we run the MOOC again in the UK winter months  – we will have both Chinese and Spanish options available! Watch this space.


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