Features

Our course catalogue is just going to keep growing, so to make sure you don’t miss out on that course you’ve been looking for, we want to make it easier for you to find it. We are happy to announce a new feature on our courses page! Now you can filter the course catalogue according to course start, language and keyword search. Get a quick overview of all of the different course subjects we offer and other essential details, and start learning right away.

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How it works

Filter by course start time – Narrow your search by selecting whether a course is already running (current), hasn’t yet started (upcoming) or already finished.

Filter by language – With the language drop-down menu you can browse courses offered in German, English and Russian.

Refine a search – Type keywords into the Search function to customise your search even more. The keywords you enter will be matched according to the course titles and content.

Now that you know how it works, find what you want to study next and check out our course catalogue!

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We want even more great, high-quality courses! So, now it’s time to announce a new portal on iversity.org that gives professors and students who know great professors the chance to make a MOOC. It’s simple – in just a few clicks, you will be in contact with iversity, we will start a conversation about your ideas and see if we can collaborate and bring the course to life. 

Bring the lecture hall online
 

The benefits of online learning are not limited to the students. The digital era of education is here and professors now have the chance to open their classroom to the world. Get your ideas out there and expand your audience and network on a global scale. With the new online tools that digital education offers, this is also an chance to explore new innovative teaching methods. Maybe you have already considered making a MOOC but you weren’t sure where to start. Just visit the Teach Portal and make contact. Learn about what a MOOC looks like, the didactical methods of online learning, how the platform works and how iversity will collaborate with you to ensure a high-quality course. 

Recruit your favourite professor – get an iPad!
 

One of the best ways to find good professors is to simply ask the students. So that’s why we turn to you! If you know a great professor who you think needs to be shared with the world, let them know about us and let us know about them. Just follow the link below and we’ll walk you through it. It’s easy – and, if we end up making a course with them, you’ll get an iPad!

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For some courses on iversity, it’s exam time! For instance, over the holiday break, Prof. Anja Mihr will ask her students to solve tasks in her Public Privacy course, and as course users will soon find out, she will introduce the peer-to-peer (P2P) assessment format. So, what is this P2P thing? Sceptical? Well, let’s explain.

As its own chapter at the end of a course and/or while the course runs, exams can come in 3 forms depending on what the professor decides is best: multiple choice/single answer, open answer or P2P. The P2P format allows for students to exchange knowledge with each other, while also making it possible to assess hundreds of thousands of students in a short period of time. The P2P is supposed to be an incentive to participate and boost your knowledge, because as we all know from our school and university times: You’re only good at things that you really had to work through by yourself. So this is how it works:

Submit your answer – and keep the deadline in mind!

First of all, you will be asked to answer a question or solve a problem. Once you have confirmed the start of the exam, you must submit your answers within a limited timeframe indicated in minutes. If you fail to submit your answers or miss the deadline, this will result in a failed exam. Once started, the exam cannot be paused for any reason, including internet connection problems. The exam will continue to run even if you close the browser window. The reason for these strict conditions is simple: We have to ensure equal and fair exam conditions for everyone. Given the large number of course participants, it is impossible to make individual exceptions. So be sure to take note of the exam’s timeframe (and time zone) and keep an eye on the timer after you begin. 

Reviewing your peers’ answers

After completing and submitting your exam, you will be asked to take part in the peer review. You will get an email notification when the review process starts. Then you can start to assess and grade seven of your fellow students’ exams. Your professor will provide you with criteria for the assessment: a scoring scale and corresponding scoring criteria. 

One example: Say your professor suggests a scoring scale from 0 to 5, with 0 being the lowest and 5 being the highest score you can give. Suppose the task given by your professor was to submit photos and give examples. A scoring system might appear as follows:

0 = student did not upload a photo or give examples

2 = student uploaded a photo and gave 2 examples

4 = student uploaded a photo and gave 4 examples

These guidelines will help you make a fair judgement and also ensure that everyone of your fellow students are treated equally. To make things even easier, the scoring criteria will be visible to you while you score each of your colleagues’ answers. In some cases, you will also be asked to give comments and feedback. Please keep in mind: There is also a deadline for reviewing all seven exams!

Lots of learning and a personal final grade

The work you invested will pay off: You will have learned about your fellow students’ approaches to solving a task and you’ll be surprised by how many different ways there are to tackle a scientific question. In addition, you get the reward you deserve: your final grade. You will receive an email notifying you of your results after the peer reviewing process has closed. 

It’s as easy as that. Good luck to all who still have to take their exams! Congratulations to all those who finished! And finally, to everyone, remember to have fun while learning!

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Looking for something to do over the holidays? Need to escape the family for a bit? If you haven’t checked it out lately, have a look at iversity Meetups Everywhere. After Architecture course’s Ivan Shumkov hosted his own New York Meetup, over 30 communities have been created across the globe. Find one near you or create your own!

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Think Glocally!

The Internet has resulted in an ever-growing global network, and MOOCs attract students worldwide. Use iversity Meetups Everywhere to make your global network more local, as well as take your online courses even further. Find iversitarians near you, host a meeting and take advantage of some of the possibilities: 

  • Find and meet people who are as passionate about online learning or a specific topic as you are.
  • Take a course chapter and work on the material together.
  • Create study groups, discuss course content and prepare for exams face-to-face.

How to do it in 3 Easy Steps

Starting your own Meetup is easy. Just follow these 3 steps:

  1. Check out iversity Meetups Everywhere: Follow the link and see if there is already a meetup community in your area.
  2. Set-up and confirm your meetup: If there isn’t a group in your area, click “start a new community” with the green plus button, located below the map (see image above). Within an existing community, you can then host an event by selecting “schedule a new meetup”, or go ahead and "RSVP" an existing event (see image below).??    
  3. Spread the word: Use the Meetup webpage, Twitter, Facebook, email and the iversity discussion forums to spread the word and invite iversitarians to your group and/or event!

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Today, we’re happy to present an exciting new feature on our MOOC platform! It solves an issue that has generated many user questions, namely: “How can I see the previous contributions and comments I have made?” So, without further ado: Check out our new “Activity Screen”.

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With your participation in iversity’s courses, your questions and your answers to fellow students’ queries, threads of valuable information about the course content, organisational matters and much more are created. Up until today, it has been a bit difficult to keep track of your postings and the other students’ reactions to them. This happens to many online forums: As the number of contributions grows, it gets a little messy. 

The activity screen will help solve this problem. Here’s how it works: 

  1. Log in on iversity.org. Click on your name in the top right corner of the screen and a dropdown menu will open. 
  2. Click “My activity” and you’ll get to the “Activity” screen. Here you can see a clear list of all of your questions, comments and answers.
  3. If you click on a question item (highlighted green), you will be redirected to the entire thread of the original discussion.
  4. By clicking on an answer (highlighted yellow) or comment (highlighted gray), you will only see your own answers and comments, and the respective question.

Now you can easily keep track of your contributions and comfortably follow your favourite discussions. 

Thank you all for your feedback! We are a small team, but we’re working hard to implement the features you request and improve your online learning experience.

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