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Nick Eade, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Event and Festivals Management at Buckinghamshire New University, is part of an Erasmus+ project lobbying for the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Latin and South America.
The TOGIVE (Transatlantic Open Government Virtual Education) project is linking together bodies in Europe, where MOOCs are widely used, with education providers in the region, and developing an online platform due to be completed in 2018 to access courses. The types of courses to be delivered are yet to be settled on.
Nick said: "MOOCs are not well-developed in Latin and South America and the universities there want to catch up.
"I am involved because the team wanted a Spanish speaker with knowledge of student experience. Colleagues from Romania, Spain and England travelled to work on this project and spent time speaking to students and staff at different education organisations about their educational experience and the need for better equipment.
"I represented Bucks New University and addressed the Mexican Government about the need for a project of this kind and featured on national television. It was a pleasure to represent the University at this extremely high-profile event. Speaking with staff and students helped the project progress and raise the University's profile in that area of the world."
"I will now be writing a report identifying ways to assist these countries and obtain beneficial equipment to help the students' education in Latin and South America."
Follow the project's progress at www.togive.eu.Picture caption: Nick Eade (third right) with members of the TOGIVE (Transatlantic Open Government Virtual Education) project.