Hi-moo! I’m Moo-chan, and I’m a baby star.
When I grow up, I want to become a big sun like my Daddy and be useful to society.
So I’ve decided to use JMOOC to help me learn!
Hello, my name is Fujiyama.
You may know me as Mt. Fuji, but now I’m a professor.
Why don’t you come and learn with me? I hope we can be friends.
Moo-moo, first of all what is a JMOOC?
JMOOC is pronounced “jay-mook.” It is a term used for Japan’s MOOC (or MOOCs).
In 2012 America launched a number of MOOCs, or free and publicly accessible online courses where one can receive a certificate of completion if he or she satisfies the course requirements. It’s an educational service that is rapidly spreading across the globe, and it has the potential to radicalize how higher education is administered.
Moo, but the MOOCs in America are all taught in English. That makes it pretty hard.
There are a lot of people in Japan and in other non-English speaking countries who share your concern—so much so that French, Spanish, and Chinese-speaking countries have set up their own MOOC services that serve their own language and cultural spheres.
The Japan Open Online Education Promotion Council (or the JMOOC for short) is an organization that was formed in 2013 with the cooperation of Japanese universities and businesses that aims to spread and magnify Japanese MOOCs throughout the country.
It offered its first three courses in April of 2014, and it plans to offer even more courses in the future.
About JMOOC’s Official Platforms (gacco, OpenLearning, Japan and OUJ MOOC)
gacco, OpenLearningJapan, and OUJ MOOC are JMOOC’s official platforms.
gacco is offered by NTT Docomo and NTT Knowledge Square, OpenLearningJapan is offered by NetLearning, and OUJ MOOC is offerend by the Open University of Japan.
JMOOC will be the internet portal that utilizes these multiple platforms.
Hmm, moo, so even I can take the courses? But, moo, I don’t have any money…
Whether you are a student, a homemaker, or a senior citizen, if you have the right motivation and take the courses in the right environment, all of these courses are free.
However, depending on the course, there may be cases where flipped learning is involved and where certain fees may be applied.
Let’s take a look at an actual course format.
Each week will be equal to a standard class credit. You will be required to watch 5-10 course lectures each week. Each lecture is shown in a video lasting about 10 minutes, and upon completing each video you will be required to take a quiz to test your knowledge. There will be 5-10 such sets each week you take the course. Upon completing a week’s worth of learning, you will get that week’s assignment, which you will have to turn in before the submission deadline. That is what a week’s worth of coursework involves.
If you are taking a month-long course, it will last four weeks, and you will complete that course by turning in the cumulative and comprehensive assignment at the end! When the weeks’ and cumulative assignments are scored and you have fulfilled the requirements, you will get a certificate of completion.
You can study wherever you like, and if you have any questions or discussions you would like to raise relating to your study, you can always use the online message board.
If you wish to have discussions with other students, you can set up meet-ups on the message board and call other students to join, or you can join meet-ups that other students have set up.
You can exchange comments and opinions with other students related to things you don’t understand in the course and deepen your knowledge about the course material. This way you and the other students can teach each other.
Moo-hoo! I can take classes wherever and whenever I want! It looks like I’ll have fun discussing course subjects with everyone!
With some courses, you will be able to engage in face-to-face flip learning with the professor giving the lectures in the videos.