8 Jul 2015

A global reach through online education

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 8 July 2015

Libertad Pantoja.

A New Zealand online course is helping aspiring writers around the world to tell the stories of their own cultures to young readers.

Five thousand learners worldwide have enrolled in the past month to learn, for free, online from New Zealand children's writers David Hill and Maria Gill. It's called a MOOC - or a Massive Open Online Course, delivered on a platform also used by high profile universities including Duke University, John Hopkins, Stanford, Columbia, Brown and the University of Melbourne. Paul Brennan spoke to David Hill recently about Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest.

Kathryn Ryan talks to Sue Watson, chief executive of At Summit Asia Pacific, which set up and organised the MOOC; and Libertad Pantoja a PhD student at National Autonomous University of Mexico who is participating in the MOOC to compliment her academics studies.