On July 28, the Embassy welcomed graduates of a Public Speaking MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) camp to recognize their successful completion of the course. Six graduates of the first MOOC Camp held at the Lincoln Corner Kuala Lumpur received certificates and shared their opinions about the MOOC. The MOOC, provided by the University of Washington in partnership with Coursera and the U.S. Department of State, was coordinated jointly by the Embassy and Englishjer, a Malaysian online English educator. One young graduate gave high praise for the MOOC which enriched all participants’ curriculum vitae as they prepared “to hunt for jobs and join the labor market.” The graduates also received briefings from the Embassy’s Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, Education Adviser, and YSEALI Coordinator.
MOOC Camps are Department of State initiatives to host facilitated discussions around MOOCs at U.S. Embassies, Consulates, American Spaces (Lincoln Corners in Malaysia), and other public venues around the world. Facilitated discussions are led by subject matter experts familiar with the course materials. MOOC Camps can be facilitated by alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, teachers or professors, students, YSEALI members, or any community member.