The MOOC course the Olympic Games and the media reaches over 10,000 students
The Olympic Games and the Media Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), organized by The Olympic Studies Center at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CEO-UAB) and delivered via the Coursera platform —the most important platform of open online courses in the world— has now come to an end, after successfully uniting over 10,000 learners from 140 different countries.
The Olympic Games and the Media represents the first MOOC on The Olympics to be delivered by a public university in Spain in the English language , with its second edition —aimed primarily at undergraduate students— offering subtitles in both Spanish and English. The course was produced by a team of six individuals and led by Dr. Emilio Fernández Peña, director of the Olympic Studies Centre (CEO-UAB) and the instructor of the course.
Learners from more than 140 countries have now participated in the two editions held on The Olympic Games and the Media. Students from the US (14%), Brazil (12%), Spain (7%), Russia (6%) and Mexico (5%) comprised the main countries to take part in the second edition, whose focus was on the role of television in the production of the Olympics and the nature and management of communication issues surrounding new media and social networking, among others issues.
Students on the course explored the world of the media and its role in the construction of the Olympic Games, the greatest sporting event worldwide. After learning about the role of the modern Olympic Games in our culture and about the main constituents of the Olympic Movement, students focused on the media as a key funding component of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, as disseminators of its values system and as creators of the global image of the Games.
The Olympic Games and Media MOOC, organized by The Olympic Studies Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CEO-UAB), is now preparing its next edition in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics.