10,000 people sign up to study TCD’s first free online course

Trinity College Dublin’s first free online course titled ‘Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923‘ has attracted massive interest with 10,000 people signing up, and more than half of those from abroad.

The use of MOOCs (massive open online courses) both in the established educational institutes and completely online universities has grown considerably in recent years, and Trinitys efforts have made it so anyone with internet access across desktops, tablets and smartphones can access the six-week online course.

The course itself explores the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution, and examines the political and social changes that shaped modern Ireland.online course

No prior knowledge or expertise is required for enrolling in the course, only a basic interest in Irish and modern European history as well as a curiosity about how conflict shapes civil society.

Of the 10,000 students, the majority of them hail from both the UK and the US, and are descendants of Irish citizens who have settled abroad.

Course lecturers hope to “engage its participants with original sources – textual, visual and aural – and encounter contradictory viewpoints from participants, as well as learning about the contested nature of all history, and the challenges facing historians” according to TCD’s associate dean for online education, Prof Tim Savage.

Beginning on September 1st, the course has been set up with the help of TCD academics, professor of early modern history and historiography, Ciaran Brady; assistant professor in modern history, Anne Dolan; and Dr Ciarán Wallace of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History.

“Online learning has the capacity to revolutionise how students learn, and to increase access to high-quality higher education, Trinity is at the forefront of innovation in Ireland, and we believe there is an opportunity for the university to leverage the disruptive potential of online learning, particularly in building our global reputation” said Tim

“The online course itself will provide students with a stimulating learning experience by creating a structured, yet flexible, learning approach” he added

We here at the Irish Computer Society are also advocates of online learning, offering ECDL online learning for as little as €50, find out morehere