OERs and MOOCs - Exploring the potential for Wales by Paul Richardson


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OERs and MOOCs - Exploring the potential for Wales presented by Paul Richardson of Jisc RSC Wales at Open Scotland, Edinburgh, 27th June 2013.

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  • Paul Richardson takes a quick tour through the open educational landscape, pointing out a few interesting features, and signposting some key themes which will emerge again during the series. He will be looking at current trends in Open Educational Resources, and considering strategies for using, sharing and creating resources, as well as some broader implications for educational practice. June 28, 2013
  • The group is due to report in September. I want to give you a small glimpse into the process and purpose of the group. June 28, 2013
  • June 28, 2013
  • Some background in Welsh HEIs June 28, 2013
  • Group processes June 28, 2013
  • Consultation invitation June 28, 2013
  • Informal discussion (cross sectoral, but mostly FE/ACL) June 28, 2013
  •     Mixed sector feedback from a workshop, designed to elicit current attitudes to MOOCs   June 28, 2013
  • June 28, 2013
  • OERs and MOOCs - Exploring the potential for Wales by Paul Richardson

    1. 1. June 28, 2013 | slide 1 OERs and MOOCs: Exploring the Potential for Wales Paul Richardson Jisc RSC Wales With thanks to The Welsh Government, Andrew Green, and members of the Online Digital Working Group
    2. 2. June 28, 2013 | slide 2 http://wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2013/onlinedigitallearning/?lang=en
    3. 3. Terms of Reference of the Working Group To advise the Welsh Government on: the potential competitive threat posed by global technology-based developments to the higher education sector in Wales; the potential opportunities afforded by technological development for the Welsh higher education sector at a time of constrained public expenditure; to what extent the Welsh higher education sector is working collectively to bring economies of scale to maximise the opportunities afforded; and to what extent technological development may provide a platform to increase participation in part-time and full-time higher education, again in a period of constrained public spending. June 28, 2013 | slide 3
    4. 4. June 28, 2013 | slide 4 Membership of the Working Group  Andrew Green (Chair): National Librarian of Wales (retired)  Dr Dafydd Trystan ; Registrar; Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol  Dr Bela Arora : Manager; Newport Graduate School  Professor Dylan Jones-Evans: Director of Enterprise and Innovation Education, University of Wales  Rob Humphreys : Director of the Open University in Wales  Professor Patricia Price : Pro Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University  David Jones: Principal and Chief Executive, Deeside College  Jo Caulfield: Former NUS National Executive Committee  David Kernohan: Programme Manager, Jisc
    5. 5. HEIs in Wales June 28, 2013 | slide 5 HEI Number University of South Wales 34,000 Cardiff University 30.000 Swansea University 19,000 Bangor 18,000 Aberystwyth 14,000 Cardiff Met 11,000 Glyndwr (Wrexham) 9,000 Trinity St David* 9,000 Swansea Met* 6,000 Student numbers to nearest 1,000 (2012) *These two institutions are now merged
    6. 6. June 28, 2013 | slide 6 Advice to Government Consultation with providers Desk Research Discussion in the Working Group
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    8. 8. Straw Poll Which position is closest to where you stand? (Show of hands) A.Education is broken. We need MOOCs to fix it. 0 B.MOOCs will disrupt education, and force it to change 1 C.MOOCs are just one of many interesting current developments. We can learn from them, and incorporate these lessons into the full range of our practice 20 D.MOOCs are just a passing fad. I plan to ignore them until they go away. 4 E.What is a MOOC? 1 June 28, 2013 | slide 8
    9. 9. Mixed sector Feedback (informal)  Are MOOCs just another kind of OER?  Academics may perceive MOOCs as a threat to their jobs.  Are MOOCs an alternative to the textbook?  Senior managers will be looking for commercial opportunities  Need to look at how data is tracked, to support quality management.  Learners also value the social bit  No clear business model for FE; no data  There is potential use as CPD for staff  Value as a marketing tool?  Funding and completion rates are key  High drop-out rates may reflect low barriers to entry  Open Badges may have value for recognising informal learning June 28, 2013 | slide 9
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