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ASCILITE Fellow 2012. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester DL Forum 26 th March 2013 . National Teaching Fellow 2012. Outline. What are they ? Evolving MOOC landscape Design principles Pros and Cons The OLDS MOOC Disaggregation of Education.
ASCILITE Fellow 2012Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs)Gráinne Conole, University of LeicesterDL Forum26th March 2013 National Teaching Fellow 2012Outline
  • What are they?
  • Evolving MOOC landscape
  • Design principles
  • Pros and Cons
  • Disaggregation of Education
  • 100 million adults can’t afford university (UNESCO)Image by James CridlandWhat are they? MOOC landscape
  • Online course with large-scale participation adopting open practices
  • 2008 Connectivism and Connective Knowledge
  • cMOOCs and xMOOCs
  • Key players: Coursera, edX, Udacity
  • Now: FutureLearn and a new Oz platform
  • principles
  • Aggregation
  • Remixing
  • Re-purposing
  • Feeding forward
  • Personalised
  • Multiple channels
  • No ‘right’ pathway
  • and consFreeDistributed global communitySocial inclusion dropout ratesLearning income not learning outcomeMarketing of educationResourcesLearning pathwaysSupportAccreditation OER movement
  • Over ten years of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement
  • Hundreds of OER repositories worldwide
  • Presence on iTunesU
  • Podcasts - iTunes UThe OPAL metromapEvaluation shows lack of uptake by teachers and learnersShift from development to community building and articulation of OER practice outputs
  • An inventory of more than 300 OER initiatives
  • 11 country reports and 13 mini-reports
  • Comparative analysis of transversal OER initiatives
  • 7 in-depth case studies
  • 3 EU-wide policy papers
  • State of the art in OER
  • Builds on a UNESCO conference on HE (09)
  • Discourse on policy and practice
  • How do institutions reposition themselves in an information rich world where tools and resources are freely available?
  • social exclusion
  • Completely open
  • Free
  • Education for all
  • Easy to access and use
  • Crosses boundaries
  • Access to new knowledge and expertise
  • Aggregation of resources
  • Sharing ideas and practice
  • Facilitates the development of networks
  • Learning pathways
  • Guided pathways through materials
  • Can promote different pedagogical approaches
  • Didactic
  • Constructivist
  • Situative
  • Connectivist
  • Collaborative Pedagogical PatternsSupport
  • Computer assisted
  • Peer support
  • Tutor support
  • Community support
  • Mentoring
  • to Peer UniversityOER badges practices
  • Nature of learning, teaching and research is changing
  • It’s about
  • Harnessing new media
  • Adopting open practices
  • New business models are emerging
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