Cégep à distance: first in Québec to offer digital open badges – Intro to Human Biology MOOC a huge success

Montréal, October 16, 2014 – To date, almost 950 students have enrolled in the Cégep à distance massive open online course (MOOC) Un corps en équilibre, c’est vital! – Introduction à la biologie humaine. The course, which has been accessible through ouvert.cegepadistance.ca since the end of August, was taken primarily by Canadians, but there were also many learners from other French-speaking countries, including Tunisia, France, Algeria, Morocco, Haiti and several others.

The course’s four modules have now all been posted, and 605 digital open badges have been awarded to the students. A digital open badge is a digital recognition of knowledge or acquired competency. Every successfully completed learning module allows the students to acquire a participation badge, and passing the final evaluation gives them a success badge. The number of enrolments and badges awarded is highly likely to increase, since the course will be open until next December.

“As the first institution in Québec to award badges for a MOOC, Cégep à distance is pioneering this field,” explained Cégep à distance Director Louis-René Dessureault. “That means we are fulfilling our mandate to explore technologies and innovative digital and distance teaching approaches, and we hope we are paving the way for other initiatives within the network.”

Today Le Devoir is presenting an article that discusses this first college-level massive open online course in Québec. A more detailed report about the Un corps en équilibre, c’est vital! – Introduction à la biologie humaine MOOC will also appear in next December’s Clic newsletter.

For further details on the objectives of Un corps en équilibre, c’est vital ! – Introduction à la biologie humaine, please read the press release Québec’s first CEGEP-level MOOC: Registration is now open! or go to ouvert.cegepadistance.ca.

Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 18,000 people register for one or more of the 140 credit courses offered in French and English, for a total of 28,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.