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The University of Southampton
Professional Development

The University, in partnership with FutureLearn are creating outstanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Working closely with faculty staff, ILIaD learning designers and media producers produce high quality resources to support engaging and innovative learning activities for the the thousands of learners on each course.

If you are interested in discussing the use of MOOCs in your academic unit/faculty, please speak to your Head of Academic Unit/Associate Dean and your ILIaD Faculty Liaison in the first instance.

The University's MOOCs:

Web Science: how the web is changing the world 

The University's first MOOC, developed with Professor Les Carr and Professor Susan Halford and with contributions from Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Dame Professor Wendy Hall and a host of other academics and postgraduate researchers. This course has now run three times, and is being used within the University as a key activity in a Web Science module.

Exploring our oceans

Developed with a large academic team from Ocean and Earth Sciences, along with colleagues from the National Oceanography Centre and Professor Jon Copley and Dr Verity Nye as lead educators. Learning resources included footage shot on board a research ship and from a 'Octocopter' flying drone. This MOOC is now being used to support first-year Oceanography students studying at Southampton.

Archaeology of Portus: exploring the lost harbour of ancient Rome

Led by Professor Simon Keay, Dr Dragana Mladenovic and Professor Graeme Earl, including extensive footage shot on location at the archaological dig in Italy as well as a wealth of original research data for learners to explore. This course currently holds the record for the highest level of engagement and retention of any FutureLearn course.

Developing Your Research Project

Led by Chris Fuller and Emma Thompson, a practical guide for A-level students or others currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research such as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Baccalaureate Extended Essay, coursework or a piece of independent scholarship.

Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds

This course on Maritime Archaeology was developed by a large academic team; Professor Jon Adams, Dr Helen Farr, Dr Lucy Blue, Dr Julian Whitewright, Dr Jesse Ransley & Dr Fraser Sturt. Video and data from dive sites being researched by the team brought the subject to life, and the use of peer review extended the types of learner assessment and engagement possible.

Digital Marketing: challenges and insights

Led by Dr Lisa Harris, this short 3-week MOOC focused on the discussions and experience of the learners, prompted by short videos of digital marketers talking about the key issues. Learners were invited to contribute data and take part in real online research, the results of which were immediately fed back into the debate.

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