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MOOCs and Assessment - version for CSUed conference

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Presentation to T&L conference at Charles Sturt University, Australia, November 2013

Presentation to T&L conference at Charles Sturt University, Australia, November 2013

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  • 1. MOOCs and Assessment MOOC mania: challenges to assessment and credit (and course design) CC BY-NC-SA
  • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathplourde/8620174342/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 3. PAGE Postgraduate And Graduate Education 1994
  • 4. Unbundling university education Image courtesy of emptyglass at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • 5. Acknowledgement: Judith Murray, at the time Vice President, Open Learning Thomson Rivers University, Canada
  • 6. Commonwealth of Learning http://www.col.org/resources/publications/Pages/detail.aspx?PID=458
  • 7. What is Credit-by-Examination? “What you know is more important than how or where you learned it.”  Credit-by-examination (aka credit by assessment) allows students to prove their knowledge, regardless of how that knowledge was gained, by taking an exam.  Exams designed for credit test content equivalent to common college-level courses and undergo rigorous quality control.
  • 8.  Developed and maintained by Excelsior College since the 1970s.  Administered at 4,000 Pearson Testing Centers worldwide.  Exam fees = $95 - $415, depending on length and format (no separate seat fees). Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) & UExcel Exams
  • 9. Five Steps to Low Cost, High Quality Bachelors Degrees
  • 10. How does this work?  Select from 4 assessment-based degrees  Associate – Business  Associate – Liberal Arts  Bachelor – Business  Bachelor – Liberal Arts  Match curriculum against prior work (transfer credit, previous credit-bearing exams, credit for military/corporate training)
  • 11. How does this work?  Match work that needs to be completed to credit-by-examination options  Select from list of faculty vetted, free materials to prep for the selected assessment  Access tutors and online library as needed to help prepare for assessment
  • 12. How does this work?  Check level of mastery with practice exam  When ready, take exam of record  To complete degree, take online capstone course  Learning credits do not have to be tied to “seat time”
  • 13. Commonwealth of Learning http://www.col.org/resources/publications/Pages/detail.aspx?PID=458
  • 14. Commonwealth of Learning http://www.col.org/resources/publications/Pages/detail.aspx?PID=458
  • 15. More questions than answers at this stage… • It’s not only about developing CSU MOOCs and OERs • It’s more about reuse of other universities’ MOOCs and OERs within CSU courses • And mostly about assessing & crediting other universities’ MOOCs and OERs as components of the CSU degree – how far should we go? Degree
  • 16. UOW VC - INTEGRATION OF MOOCs INTO A UNIVERSITY’S ACTIVITIES - Within existing courses - As a learning resource - Accessible to individuals - As a revision tool or expansion activity - Additional courses - Part of an integrated menu of options, with assessment run by university
  • 17. Why should CSU push further with OER? • Lowering the cost of university education for some learners • Thereby attracting students that we are not currently reaching • Attracting international students • Internationalisation of learning interaction
  • 18. Stats from a recent Australian MOOC
  • 19. Why should CSU push further with OER? • Lowering the cost of university education for some learners • Thereby attracting students that we are not currently reaching • Attracting international students • Internationalisation of learning interaction • Internationalisation of course content • Cost efficiencies in course development?
  • 20. CC BY-NC-SA