Based on the initiatives of the UNESCO UNITWIN „Culture, Tourism, Development” Network, with the active contribution of its members, professors of heritage management and tourism from more than a dozen countries, under the leading coordination of Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas Paris Sorbonne 1 and Professor Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), the MOOC “Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites” started officially in January and opened all its eight chapters by the middle of March.
The Foundation for Information Society has been leading extensive researches for more than a decade regarding the enhancement of technical tools for elaborating an appropriate and up-to-date heritage management at world heritage sites. (See the starting project called ICHEPIS.) The outcomes of our projects are delivered as our contribution to the MOOC eLearning presentation as an independent chapter. Our R&D Director, Dr. Ferenc Kiss and Managing Director, dr. Lia Bassa, both teaching at the Budapest Metropolitan University, Member of the UNITWIN Network are the authors of the teaching material.
We, the authors, are very happy and proud to have had the opportunity to create and share a constructive and dynamic learning environment: 4.044 learners from 154 countries, and 1.091 threads were registered in the forums. Moreover, 2.472 have joined the dedicated Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/119125402154753).
It is a special occasion for our Research Institute to reach such a great and extensive public through eLearning and be connected to so many interested researchers and learners. We do hope that their interest will lead us to the establishment of new connections and further cooperations, tender participations in the following period of time.
The course, with all its materials and discussion threads, will remain open and available for enrolled students until December 31, 2018. https://www.fun-mooc.fr/dashboard So, everybody will have time to complete watching the videos, reading and downloading the texts and additional materials for further in-depth learning, answering the quizzes and doing the suggested activities.
Students can find presentations, videos, ad-hoc written texts, quizzes, recommended activities and additional materials for in-depth learning. It was a great pleasure and honour for us that so many are interested and get involved in following us and participating in the MOOC. From all over the world (maps and accounts have been made about the location of the activities that were touching crucial topics of the subjects during these dynamic eight weeks of eLearning! It has been a very enriching experience for the teachers and we hope it has been or will be the same for the students, too.