Abstract—Introduction of information and communication
technologies in the educational process has resulted in the
emergence of innovative teaching techniques, new software and
technologies. One of the effective means of distance learning is
mass open online courses (MOOC). The purpose of the article is
to analyze the possibilities provided by the Ukrainian online
platform of the Open University of Maidan (OUM), and to
compare it with other Ukrainian platforms (Prometheus,
EdEra) according to certain criteria. The article reveals the
main advantages and disadvantages of using MOOC both for
self-development and in the educational process at higher
education institutions. It has been found that MOOC provide
lifelong learning and implement the principles of mass
involvement and openness. They also offer free online courses
and generate a certificate after their successful completion. We
have identified some problematic issues which cover the
imperfect system of practical tasks, the need to increase users’
motivation, the language aspect, etc. The OUM online platform
is primarily intended to provide civic education for community
representatives and other users. We analyzed the thematic
areas of the online platform and characterized them. The
courses on this platform are mainly focused on the adult
audience. They increase personal, communicative and civic
efficiency, develop social entrepreneurship and understanding
of the global content. Also, they ensure effective interaction with
the authorities. During the content analysis we found that the
OUM platform has specific features. In particular, it is the
ability to form and graphically represent the individual
educational trajectory; the platform contains exclusively
Ukrainian-language content and provides an opportunity to be
informed about the course progress via email. We dwelt on the
possibilities of using MOOC by students, teachers and all those
who are interested in self-study.
Index Terms—Education and development, higher education, information society, MOOC, OUM.
Sergii Sharov is with the Department of Computer Sciences, Dmytro Motornyi Tavria State Agrotechnological University, Melitopol, Ukraine (e-mail: email@example.com).
Vira Kolmakova is with the Department of Computer Science, Information and Communication Technologies, Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University, Uman, Ukraine (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tetiana Sharova was with the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Literature, Bogdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University, Melitopol, Ukraine. Tetiana Sharova is now with the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dmytro Motornyi Tavria State Agrotechnological University, Melitopol, Ukraine (e-mail: email@example.com).
Tetiana Kamyshova is with the Department of Germanic Philology, Bogdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University, Melitopol, Ukraine (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Sergii Sharov, Vira Kolmakova, Tetiana Sharova, and Tetiana Kamyshova, "Possibilities of the Ukrainian Online Platform OUM," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 11, no. 10, pp. 486-492, 2021.Copyright © 2021 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).