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1 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): New Learners? New Education Business Model? Just a Flash in the Pan? Professor Jeff Haywood, University of Edinburgh, UK Vice Principal, CIO & Librarian 1 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

2 Massive Open Online Courses What are MOOCs? Why such a fuss? What place will they take in HE, FE & Schools? Should universities, colleges & schools enter this new educational space? 2 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

3 Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs …. are open to anyone – no mandatory qualifications have learners who are not students of universities are fully online are very lightly tutored & supported do offer assessment (in various forms) have low study hours per week modules not degree programmes offer certificates of completion rather than credits (but see later..) are a different business model to trad HE 3 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

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5 5 … lots of the features of typical online courses MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

6 6..online spaces for learners to self-support + light touch oversight MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

7 7 …lots of short videos & presentations MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

8 8 …interactive tools online MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

9 9 …timed assignments throughout the course MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

10 10 …automated assessment – computer-marks tests MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

11 11 …required readings, in the MOOC + externally MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

12 MOOCs for credit 12 Credits for MOOCs is arriving….

13 Why such a fuss? 13 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

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16 Why is University of Edinburgh doing this? Reputation – early adopter of educational technology Exploration of a new pedagogical space to inform practice Wish to reach as widely as we can with our courses Sharing experiences with peer universities Fun! 16 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

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19 Online Edinburgh Online & on-campus = e-learning Online & off-campus = online distance learning ODL Online and no-campus = MOOCs, OER, informal learning, LLL? 19 We apply the same rigorous approval and quality assurance processes to all MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

20 What place will they take in HE, FE & Schools? Here to stay or flash in the pan? My predictions (evidence-free at present!) 20 Hype Enrolments / MOOC $$s per MOOC Nos MOOCs Variety of MOOCs MOOC platforms Use for marketing Routes to entry Flex for curricula Credit for MOOCs R-intensive UsSame or Other Us, colleges MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012

21 Should universities, colleges & schools enter this new educational space? Know your reasons for being in or staying out!! They are free to take but not free to provide, and publicity is everything for reaching Massive (or even big) If In, then choose one or both of: Offer MOOCs Part of curriculum; entry route; general marketing; profile; income; R&D;… Use others MOOCs Part of curriculum; high reputation courses; internal economies; overcome lack of capacity/capability; tasters; profile; … 21 MOOCs, British Council SIEM, Manchester – Dec 2012


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