Presentation on theme: "MOOCs – overview & issues"— Presentation transcript:
MOOCs – overview & issues
The early MOOCers David Wiley George Siemens & Stephen Downes Alec Couros Dave Cormier Jim Groom
MOOCs tended to be.. Short – 8-10 weeks Open to all Use mixture of free technology Run by individuals Often not accredited Combine synchronous & asynchronous Bring in range of experts Experimental in nature
How did they fare? High drop-out rate Often confusing for learners Better suited to experienced learners Popular Inspirational Platform for open research Successful for many learners
Enter the big players Thrun – Stanford AI course Becomes Udacity EdX Coursera
New wave of MOOCs Free, but not entirely open Commercial basis Institutional Conventional in pedagogy & technology Linked to accreditation (Pearson & EdX, badging)
Better chance of employee recognition Provide model for economic viability Provide platform for easy deployment Offer free (or cheap) education to many
Concerns Undermines university model Conservative approach Reinvent the OU! US-centric view? Only viable if M = Massive Not so open All disciplines? Commercialisation of HE?
Bridge to Success Experience Gates Funded helping US community colleges use OER Targeting at risk students
Who piloted the content? 9 college and 2 non-college institutions. (2 more colleges since pilots) 26 completed pilots (17 cohorts of low-income students). 16 pilots in progress (42 pilots total). Bridge to Success exceeded participation targets: 1822 current/completed pilot participants and, by September 2012, over 6,000 unique users of open materials. From theory to practice… Piloting the content
Piloting the Content: Colleges and data collection challenges Nine colleges piloted Bridge to Success materials during the project’s pilot phase (October 2011 – August 2012). As at August 2012 Of the completed pilots that have submitted 100% of their data, and as reported by instructors, 88% of students who completed B2S materials persisted to next semester. 98% of these students mastered the subject matter and 96% mastered deeper learning.
Diverse audiences International Workforce Development Agency: supporting people across Maryland for over 90 years. This pilot used selected units of the SWiM maths course until end of August 2012 to enable students to complete a new requirement math pre-test for a Weatherization program. Students who originally failed the math entrance exam, 80% passed after working with the resources for a 1-3 week period.
H817 experience Masters Level course 7 week block on Open Education March 2013 Blog aggregator OpenLearn MOOCs no longer ‘under the radar’ Reputational risk Unknowns!
FutureLearn OU response to the MOOC question Number of different unis signed up Will provide a platform, guidance, business model Set up as private company
MOOC reactions The end of education as we know it Hype and nonsense Complementary to existing practice
MOOCs are your friend (?) Open up first 6 weeks of all courses Increase retention Widen participation Open boundary courses Shop window Gives students access to broader group eg Phonar Collaborate on MOOCs Higher quality Free up to teach what your best at Credit for MOOCs Shorter courses Higher retention Lower costs = more students? Experiment with curriculum Lower risk Fewer constraints
Issues Can you spare the time for MOOCs? What platform will you use? What’s in it for people? What is the reputational risk? What are the benefits?