After watching the feedback Video on Assignment 1 I wanted to know more about the institution I’m studying ‘at’. I visit the website for the Delft University of Technology. There is a very nice promotional video in English – is all the teaching in English at this University? I found English listed as the teaching language on one of the online course, but I’m not sure if that’s the case for on campus? I checked and most are taught in Dutch but a few are taught in English – I also notice that I’ve been directed to the English version of the website. There was some interesting discussions in our DEGC blog about English Language and whether this had become a ‘de facto’ standard on global education? this discussion linked to Pickles (2016) article which says:
According to the German linguist Ranier Enrique Hamel, in 1880 there were 36% of scientific publications using English, which had risen to 64% by 1980.
But this trend has been further accentuated, so that by 2000, among journals recognised by Journal Citation Reports, 96% were in English.
I want to see what the campus looks like and I find a page about the various campus buildings. I decide that this course probably sites within the Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science – so that would be the building I’m ‘studying’ in if I were on campus. I wonder if the videos are filmed here?
It looks DelftTU are offering free MOOCs partly to promote their full online courses. They have a website showcasing Online Learning Options. I discover at the end of the course that they are offering a paid for follow up course to the Open Government MOOC, which looks into the subject in more depth.
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Pickles, M. (2016) Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship? BBC NEWS Retrieved 11th March 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35282235