The UQx project, in partnership with edX, expands UQ's reach to learners around the globe.

UQx is a project tasked with enhancing UQ teaching and learning experiences through better designed and implemented online learning interactions, and promoting scholarly research on teaching and learning.

The project accomplishes these goals by developing online courses (MOOCs) and learning experiences (SPOCs) through the not-for-profit online education venture edX.

Founded in 2012 by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), edX is committed to making high-quality educational experiences more widely available.

Each UQx course/project is allocated Learning Design, Media Production, Project Management and Technical Innovation support to work alongside content matter experts drawn from UQ schools, institutes, centres and partners.

We aspire to create online learning experiences which reflect the teaching and research capability of UQ, and reflect UQ's values globally.

What courses are on offer?

UQx offers a growing catalogue of courses in a variety of subjects.

Some courses are available on an ongoing basis and students can commence and complete them at any time. Others are available as archived courses between runs, where the content is accessible but not the assessment for certificates.

How do UQ students benefit?

edX is exploring the possibilities of thoughtfully designed online educational tools to leverage and complement the face-to-face learning experience. This transforms the way students interact with material, allowing more class time to engage in rich discussion.

By participating in edX, the UQ community gains access to new tools and technologies that will support innovation among our academic staff, and enrich the ways our students interact with course material, their instructors and each other in class discussion.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that attracts hundreds of thousands of learners around the world, has no admissions barrier, and is fully online. MOOCs are usually free or very low cost to make them more accessible to global learners.

UQx draws upon UQ’s best teachers and researchers, and their international networks, to make courses that reflect UQ’s vision of knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQx's MOOCs follow an active, online learning pedagogy, featuring learning sequences that pair short, high-quality videos with learner-centred activities to assess understanding and encourage peer-to-peer engagement.

Our MOOCs include paced, instructor-led courses and self-paced, always-available courses.

UQx MOOCs are released under Creative Commons licences that allow their use as open educational resources.

What is a SPOC?

A SPOC is a Small Private Online Course using the MOOC design paradigm.

These courses, or portions of courses, are not publically listed on edX. Instead, they are hosted on edX Edge and made available only to the intended audience.

They are open to a smaller audience, such as UQ students enrolled in for-credit campus courses, alumni, professional associations, or a limited number of individuals whose enrolment meets a particular set of criteria.

UQx SPOCs are used in blended learning for UQ on-campus students, UQ research projects for study participants, and for community service.

UQx online courses

Want to develop your skills in a particular area? Or learn something new?

UQx courses are open to everyone, and are free or low cost.


Contact the UQx team if you are interested in developing a MOOC or a SPOC: