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The MOOC room, just one of several neglected facilities
Barely used MOOC room with good equipment and environment being neglected.

Have you heard about the MOOC room at CWNU? Not many students seem to know about it. There are several neglected facilities in our school because people simply don’t know they exist. The MOOC room is one of those facilities.

The MOOC room is mainly designed to encourage students to freely take Internet lectures and other university lectures on campus. However, only a few students who participate in the MOOC project, which is being held by ACE, actually use this facility. Until now, very few students knew about this space. It has a good educational environment with the latest computers and headsets etc, but it is neglected due to a lack of accessibility, adequate planning and publicity.

Some students wonder why a MOOC room was even installed when we have a free computer room in the library and the computer center. The MOOC room was established to activate and stabilize a new MOOC-based online education system.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web for university students. MOOCs are intended to provide a new educational environment that enables interactive learning such as Q&A, debate, quizzes, task submission, etc. between instructors and learners as well as amongst learners, as opposed to already-existing online learning videos where learners can only to observe passively. The goal of K-MOOC is to provide all courses free of charge, thereby realizing a balance of practical opportunities in higher education by alleviating constraints in the gap between universities in a new educational paradigm. Currently, 30 universities and ACE are participating in the K-MOOC education program.

One problem is that CWNU is not included in those 30 universities because our school didn’t join. Therefore, this program is solely conducted by ACE and is not promoted by the school. K-MOOC has many merits in that local university students can take high quality lectures offered by prestigious universities and can expand their knowledge by interacting with other university students. However, since there is a lack of communication between the school and the ACE team, the MOOC room has unfortunately not been properly promoted to students. Through active public relations among students, many hope to make more use of this convenient facility.

The MOOC room is located on the 4th floor of Dongbaek Hall. It has 18 seats and a headset can be rented. It can also be used as a space for studying for qualifications or language study as well. It is available up to 4 hours per person per day. It is open from 9:00 to 6:00 on weekdays.

Sarah Park  starcity2015@changwon.ac.kr

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