MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and via the web. 2012 became "the year of the MOOC" according to The New York Times, as several well-financed providers, associated with top universities, emerged, including Coursera, Udacity, and edX. These platforms collectively have dozens of university partners and millions of users. The fact that lectures from the world's top professors are now a commodity available over the Internet for free is shaking up higher education from top to bottom. KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation in cooperation with Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and PAN has organized a forum on November 2, 2014 on impact of IT on education to discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities IT has brought to the education landscape. The keynote speaker of the forum was the originator of MOOCs Stephen Downes. PAN had the chance to talk with Downes about MOOCs and the future of education.
In November 2011, DPE technical Lead for CEE Karl Davies-Barrett paid a two-day visit to Armenia to hold workshop sessions at Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia. In an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Mr. Davies-Barrett presented the advantages of Windows Phone operating system, foretelling coming developments in mobile world.
He also shared his impressions about Armenian IT sector, hailing the country’s vast potential.