National Open Education Platform
In 2015, HSE together with 7 other leading Russian universities: National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, Ural Federal University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, National University of Science and Technology MISiS, ITMO University, Saint Petersburg University and St. Petersburg Polytechnic University initiated a project aimed to create a National Open Education Platform. The project began in December 2014, when the Council for Open Education was set up at the initiative of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Along with representatives of the above-mentioned universities, representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science and the Ministry of Education and Science became members of the Council, chaired by Dmitry Livanov, the Minister of Education and Science.
In April 2015, 8 leading universities established the National Open Education Platform Association to develop an eLearning platform in Russia. The platform is used for publishing online courses created by the members of the Association, facilitates the adoption of international standards, formulates its own requirements to the quality of online courses and collaborates with providers of higher educational programmes, which are implemented using online courses hosted on the platform. Development of the National Platform is financed by eight universities: each member of the Association is expected to invest 50 million roubles in the project during three years. Each course undergoes an internal expertise at a university, and a review by the Association to ensure compliance with the “Requirements and Recommendations for Online Courses on the National Open Education Platform”, co-developed by members of the Association. Upon successful completion of the course, learners get a course certificate, and credits for the course can be counted towards the students’ curriculum at any university in Russia. In the future students will be able to master a major part of their university programme online by taking courses on this platform. Courses in Demography, General Sociology, Organisational Behaviour and Organisation Theory were the first HSE courses on the platform.
In May-June, 2016 eighteen HSE courses are coming to an end at the National Open Education Platform. All of them started in February-April. In the first half of 2016 about 70 thousand people subscribed to HSE courses. 13 thousand actively participated, 600 are going to receive a confirmed certificate. In total, by June, 2016 the National Open Education Platform has presented 90 courses with more than 120 thousand subscribers. In average, one person subscribes to 2-3 courses.
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