HSE Accounts for Over 20% of Total Online Courses in Russia
CourseBurg.ru, a Russian platform for course searches, has analyzed mass open online courses. The Higher School of Economics (HSE) was the leader among universities in Russia — our institution had prepared 22% of the courses under review.
Analysts collected data on all courses available at the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year, as well as courses slated for launch by October 30. The data was collected from the largest Russian and international platforms for online courses, both in Russian and courses prepared by Russian authors in other languages (Coursera, Open Education, Universarium, Uniweb, Universality and Lectorium). Closed platforms and lectures uploaded several years ago were not considered. In total, data on 420 courses and 76 course authors (working at universities or companies) was analyzed in the survey.
Economics and Business was the most popular area of open online courses for a mass audience. HSE is also the leader in terms of the number of courses available in this category (30%).
HSE’s courses in Mathematics and Data Processing (24%), IT and Programming (18%), Humanities and Education, and Cultural Studies, Creativity and Personal Growth (12% in each category) also make considerable contributions.
As of today, HSE offers 46 courses on Coursera, an international online education platform, and one third of them are English-taught. This means that HSE is one of the Top 10 universities by the number of online courses offered on that platform.
HSE has teamed up with the University of California at San Diego (ranked 14th on the ARWU ranking, 41st on THE, and 59th on QS) to launch the new Data Structures and Algorithms specialization on Coursera. The specialization is taught completely in English and consists of five interrelated courses. Registration is open until March 7.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.
Starting today, students from around the world will be able to register for classes taught in Russian by renowned teachers from the Higher School of Economics on Russia's National Open Education Platform. All lectures meet the regulatory requirements set for educational disciplines in Russia.