Thursday afternoon: MOOCs

Jeremy Knox

Video -> from filmed lectures to open-domain films as starting-point for discussions

Blog aggregation

Teacher as “fellow node” – the power aspect of learning in groups
Broadcast pedagogy – Industrialised countries transferring education to developing countries

Not online version of existing courses
Teacher role not reduced to facilitation

Note the issue with enrollment and completion rates

Online teaching manifesto

“Mooc space” – marketed with traditional symbols of prestige universities vs the human element in the mooc (video as symbol for human)

Note the criticism of the “broadcast prestige institution” image of Moocs (popular w politicians)

Definition of “human interaction” – human/technology

Teacherbot

Wilfred Rubens

Presentation

Factors influencing completion rates

Note discussion about activities outside the Mooc, but also workload and structure of student work (group work/assignments) Remember we are talking moocs here – size of “classes”/groups

Justin Beck

Hidden (technological) benefits of Moocs

Adaptive learning focus -> personalized learning toolkits – no clear leader

Collaborative technologies – small group collaboration

Big data about learning processes (open courses more attractive for experiments?)

Definition of success rates of moocs – comparison with campus-based programmes/courses, moocs as content marketing This is less relevant to people in public higher education where we are paid per graduation

Take-home: The discussions about the teacher role and human interaction. Lecturer/facilitator/feedback. Students’ expectation of feedback/interaction