MOOC phenomena in Japan: jMOOC consortium and OUJ MOOC

Tsuneo Yamada
The Open University of Japan
Chiba, Japan

While a limited number of Japanese conventional universities have provided their MOOCs from North-American MOOC platforms, the universities and corporations have launched a regional MOOC consortium called jMOOC.’ As a founding member of jMOOC, the Open University of Japan (OUJ) has developed an online course on Japanese language education at the beginners’ level. In the paper, various issues — such as philosopy and concepts, content/system development, sustainability, quality assurance and pedagogy — will be introduced.