GCU launches free online event on the XX Commonwealth Games

14 July 2014

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is celebrating Glasgow 2014 with the launch of a free online event, inspired by the Commonwealth Games and its legacy.

GCU Games On is designed as a fun way for people to come together to explore online learning and to share their experiences during Scotland’s biggest festival of sport and culture. It will run from Wednesday, July 16 to Friday, August 8.

Over the course of three weeks, GCU Games On will share information on a number of Commonwealth Games-related topics, including a history of Glasgow and its sporting culture, and a taster of sports psychology.

As part of the event, users will receive daily news updates on the Commonwealth Games, and be introduced, and encouraged to contribute, to social media. They will also have the opportunity to receive bronze, silver and gold digital medals by taking part in a number of simple activities. 

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), said: “In line with the University’s commitment to widen access and participation to higher education, GCU Games On opens up online learning to the community.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people from across Scotland and the Commonwealth to come together, learn something new and share their experiences.”

Designed and developed by the University’s Learning Enhancement and Academic Development team (GCU LEAD), the course is delivered on Open Education Powered by Blackboard, the company’s fully functional course platform that allows teachers and faculty to run public online courses and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) .

Matthew Small, senior vice president and managing director, international at Blackboard, said: “GCU Games On is an inspiring project and a great example of how our Open Education platform can be used to connect people with the knowledge that matters to them. 

“At Blackboard, we believe technology opens doors to lifelong learning, which is why we are proud to help institutions such as GCU deliver outstanding online learning initiatives such as GCU Games On.”

GCU Games On is free to join and can be accessed on all devices. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration is open now.

Find out more and register.