The University of Amsterdam launches The Netherland’s First MOOC, Kick-Off Event to be Live Streamed via Mediasite

by Nicole Wise on February 19, 2013

Tomorrow is a big day for the University of Amsterdam. It’s embracing the MOOC trend by launching its first official massive open online course. 

UvA will be the first university in the world to offer the MOOC “Introduction to Communication Science.” More than 2,000 people have enrolled so far, and this is the first MOOC to be offered in the Netherlands. The free English-language course lasts eight weeks and will deliver video lectures on every aspect of communication, from history and theory to the influence of the media on society. 

And we here at Sonic Foundry are proud to say that we play a role in this MOOC, too. Tomorrow, Feb. 20, the university will host a special kick-off event in which people behind the project will discuss the MOOC and its future plans. The discussion will be live streamed via Mediasite, and anyone can watch for free from anywhere in the world.  

Event details:

  • UvA MOOC Kick-Off Live Stream
  • Feb. 20
  • You can watch the event live here 4 p.m. UTC (Amsterdam time)/ 9 a.m. Central Time.
  • The webcast will also be available on-demand afterwards at the same address. 

For more information, visit and  

Check out Arie K. den Boon’s guest column in Inside Higher Ed about the MOOC: “The Making of a MOOC at the University of Amsterdam.” Boon is a visiting professor and organizer of the MOOC at UvA. 

Also, stay tuned to to learn what other university is using Mediasite to deliver its MOOC. We’ve got some more exciting news coming.



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