The UNIST STAR-MOOC Supporters held the 2020 Annual Meeting Wrap-up on February 19, 2021. It has been organized by 12 students who recently involved in the production of STAR-MOOC courses from last semester. The primary purpose of this meeting was to evaluate past performance and seek opportunities to make improvements.
Established in 2017 by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), the STAR-MOOC (Science & Technology Advanced Research Massive Open Online Course) is an online learning platform to facilitate collaboration in teaching and learning amongst six science and technology specialized universities (DGIST, GIST, KAIST, POSTECH, UST, and UNIST). The aim is to strengthen online education capabilities and develop massive open online courses (MOOCs) that combined their expertise in science and technology, respectively. These courses are available free of charge and open to the general public.
Through STAR-MOOC, UNIST has been developing and providing various courses in the areas of humanities and basic science, such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, as well as the emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). From 2020, the UNIST STAR-MOOC Supporters, comprised of 12 UNIST students, have also directly participated in the production of MOOC courses.
The UNIST Innovative Education Center selected candidates for the 2020 STAR-MOOC Supporters through the recruitment and selection process over a two-week period in September 2020. These supporters worked in three groups to drive the production of UNIST’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), starting November 2020. They communicated with professors in charge of each lecture and partook in the production process—including recording, editing, and adding closed captions.
By the end of January 2021, a total of 16 weeks of lectures, approximately 53 lectures, have been produced. These recorded video lectures have been prepared by Professors Francois Amblard (Department of Physics), Professor Bradley Tatar (School of Liberal Arts), Professor Jinsook Choi (School of Liberal Arts), and Professor Kyungho Lee (Department of Design). These lectures can be accessed via the UNIST STAR-MOOC platform, as well as the YouTube channel of STAR-MOOC.
Meanwhile, the UNIST Innovative Education Center is recruiting new supporters who are interested in participating in the production of STAR-MOOC courses in June 2021. The selected supporters will be given activity expenses on a monthly basis. In an effort to develop an effective online course, the UNIST Innovative Education Center plans on implementing state-of-the-art video equipment, as well as building a digital learning studio.