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Forecast the Future with an Online Course at FutureLearn
Last month NTHU became the first national university in Taiwan to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on FutureLearn, the largest online learning platform in the UK. NTHU’s first course, Business Analytics Using Forecasting, went online on July 26, and is taught by Galit Shmueli, distinguished professor at Institute of Service Science, College of Technology Management. The course focuses on using quantitative forecasting to make business decisions, such as forecasting the customer flow at a restaurant or the most suitable locations for bike-sharing stations.
MOOCs are offered free of charge by universities around the world, and allow students to learn at their own pace. They have become quite popular in recent years, and NTHU established its own MOOC platform in 2013.
According to NTHU’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Nyan-Hwa Tai, the contract that NTHU recently signed with FutureLearn marks the school’s entry into the English-speaking educational market, and gives students on the other side of the world an opportunity to become familiar with the high quality of education offered in Taiwan.
FutureLearn is a MOOC platform founded in 2012 by in , England. It offers free, open-enrollment, non-credit courses in a wide variety of subjects, all with English as the medium of instruction. FutureLearn has already had four million users. Its worldwide network currently consists of 94 partners from around the world, including Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
In her course Shmueli will focus on presenting popular forecasting models and teaching students how to design and implement their own forecasting method. The main learning activities consist of weekly textbook readings and videos, together with online discussions and demonstrations which make the course highly practical and interactive. Thus the course will enable students to understand how to define prediction problems, assess the effectiveness of prediction models, and apply what they’ve learned to actual business decisions. Shmueli, from Israel, introduces the course in a three-minute video which she concludes by welcoming her students in Chinese-huanying guanglin.
According to Prof. Tai, Vice President of Academic Affairs, NTHU-MOOC’s first international offering was conducted in cooperation with Beijing Tsinghua’s xuetangX. In 2015 NTHU became the first university in Taiwan to accept course credits earned thru MOOC courses recognized by Taiwan’s National Open University. In February 2016 the six MOOC courses then being offered by NTHU were included in a platform created by mainland China’s Ministry of Education, and attracted the participation of 270,000 students.
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Prof. Galit Shmueli introduces her course in a three-minute video which she concludes by declaring huanying guanglin.

Prof. Galit Shmueli introduces her course in a three-minute video which she concludes by declaring huanying guanglin.

NTHU’s FutureLearn homepage.

NTHU’s FutureLearn homepage.


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