BBC teams with British universities to offer online courses on WW1

The BBC is working with four British universities to create a massive open online course (MOOC) about World War One, which will be available via FutureLearn.com.

Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and The Open University will each deliver a web-based course exploring an aspect of WW1, with all courses open to anyone who wants to learn more about the War.

Sinéad Rocks, acting controller of BBC Learning, said: “The BBC is committed to education and looking at how we can exploit technology to best serve audiences. This is a great opportunity to explore how we can do that as part of our WW1 season, and working as a content partner with these four universities to help deliver online courses will help us establish how we can contribute to the UK remaining a world leader in online learning. MOOCs are an interesting and exciting area, and I’m looking forward to exploring what role we might play.”

To support this pilot, the BBC will also create four new BBC iWonder guides based on these subjects, presented by Dan Snow, Sian Williams, David Shukman and Johnson Beharry VC.

This follows on from the creation of BBC’s iWonder in January, which looks to promote WW1 themed interactive digital content with titles such as ‘How do you fix a face that’s been blown off by shrapnel?’

The courses are open now for registration and will begin between October and November 2014. They are:

  • World War One: Paris 1919 - A New World Order?, from the University of Glasgow. Available from 13 October 2014
  • World War One: Aviation Comes of Age, from the University of Birmingham. Available from 20 October 2014
  • World War One: Changing Faces of Heroism, from the University of Leeds. Available from 27 October 2014
  • World War One: Trauma and Memory, from The Open University. Available from 03 November 2014

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