Iversity, a Berlin-based MOOC platform, has launched, and is to award ten €25k fellowships to fund the production of first online courses to universities.

The platform, originally founded as a digital collaboration campus in 2011, has since rebranded itself as a MOOC provider. It has opened up the €250k challenge to individual and groups of university professors until the end of April, and plans to use the 10 courses that are generated as its original offering when Iversity begins enrolling students this coming September.

The challenge is being offered in partnership with German think-tank Stifterverband. Volker Meyer-Guckel, deputy secretary general of Stifterverband, said, “Universities should use technology to improve their instruction. We want this contest to provide an incentive to do just that.”

The change from digital campus to MOOC platform comes after a venture round in January, in which Deutsche Telekom’s venture unit T-Venture invested an unspecified sum in…

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