NAVOICA - an educational platform offering free online courses

NAVOICA - an educational platform offering free online courses

Over 44.5 thousand persons registered on the NAVOICA educational platform, the Information Processing Center - National Research Institute (OPI PIB) reported. NAVOICA offers professional courses developed by over 30 Polish universities and institutions.

Over 8.5 thousand certificates of completion of educational courses on the NAVOICA platform were issued in the last three months (March, April, May 2021) by the Information Processing Center - National Research Institute. Over 14.5 thousand The number of registered accounts also increased during this period.

NAVOICA is a nationwide educational platform offering only free online courses, developed by universities and educational institutions. The name of the platform comes from the name of the heroine of the popular legend about Nawojka, who is considered the first Polish student.

It offers free MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), that is online training open to an unlimited number of participants. Anyone wishing to take part in the course should only register. There is no limit to the number of courses. The materials on the platform can also be used by pupils, students, and teachers during distance learning. The course offer is constantly expanded.

"We already have over 44.5 thousand registered participants. We have seen a significant increase in interest in the website since the pandemic began. The third wave effect is particularly noticeable - in the period March-May 2021 the number of registered accounts increased by over 14.5 thousand." - informed the director of the Information Processing Center - National Research Institute, Dr. Jarosław Protasiewicz. He added that OPI PIB has already spent over 21 thousand. course completion certificates, 8.5 thousand were issued only in the last three months.

"The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is obvious, but at OPI PIB we also noticed that in Poland the idea of ​​lifelong learning, long popular in the West, has also been adopted. Poles are beginning to understand that the knowledge acquired from school and studies is insufficient in the modern, dynamically changing world. The development of the Internet has changed our habits: we shop online more and more often, we are more eager to use Internet platforms offering films and series, which is why the area of ​​distance learning also had to evolve "- pointed out the NAVOICA project manager at OPI PIB, Maciej Kolankowski.

According to OPI PIB, the most popular subject areas of training include programming and learning foreign languages, as well as the development of soft skills.

The subject of the training courses offered concerns, among others information technology, programming principles, key competencies in business, as well as the methodology of writing diploma theses. There is also practical training in business management or game design.

Taking into account the great interest of foreigners in Poland, NAVOICA also offers free courses in English and Russian.

The NAVOICA platform was created as part of the "Polish MOOC" project, commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Science. It was created by the Information Processing Center - National Research Institute. OPI-PIB is the operator of the platform and takes care of the project development, as well as oversees the methodological quality of the courses. Until July 2020, the content operator of the platform was the Young Science Foundation.

NAVOICA is institutionally supported by the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland. (PAP)

Author: Danuta Starzyńska-Rosiecka

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