As the name suggests, LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a Campus Wide Login. Is entirely online and self-paced, and users can build their skills in any area, and in any order, they wish. It’s also designed to be accessed a few moments at a time, perhaps between classes. The virtual course is flexible enough that students can sync learnings into their formal studies – for example, by using a new presentation tool to enhance a term project. Instructors can also use it to boost research competencies for any given subject.
Another notable aspect of the LOOC is its capacity for regeneration. Users can rate and review content, and offer new content – thereby reaping the benefits of previous contributions and adding value for future students. “The idea is that we’ll get all of these online graduate students in education offering content for the LOOC as a fundamental part of their learning experience,” says Vogt,