By Weronika Filinger, Applications Developer, EPCC
This post was originally published in the EPCC blog.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide free web-based distance learning opportunities to large numbers of geographically dispersed students. Here at EPCC we are always keen to talk about supercomputing, and becoming involved in this MOOC was a natural development for us.
Course structure and delivery
In accordance with the MOOC methodology of presenting the content in small, easily digestible portions, we designed this course to last for 5 weeks.
Each week has a distinct theme, and is further divided into smaller modules called ‘activities’, consisting of a number of ‘steps’. Steps are the smallest units of the course structure and, regardless of their type – article, video, discussion, exercise, quiz or test – should not require more than 20 minutes to complete. Learners can spend as much or as little time on each step as they wish, and do them at any time. In our estimate the week’s worth of content should not take more than 3 hours to complete. Learners are granted access to all of the material at once, which allows them to proceed at their own pace.
The first week provides a gentle introduction to the world of supercomputing, including some basic terminology, a brief historical overview and…Continue Reading