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MOOCs and ICT Education: Disruptive or Merely Distractng

MOOCs and ICT Education: Disruptive or Merely Distractng



MOOCs and ICT Education: Disruptive or Merely Distracting ...

MOOCs and ICT Education: Disruptive or Merely Distracting

Computer Science and IT courses were the first MOOCs (massively open online courses) from Stanford and MIT and continue to dominate the online education disruption. Less than two years in, Udacity has announced a new focus on corporate and vocational training and Coursera is partnering with the World Bank to create courses relevant to the developing world.

Although these MOOC providers keep redefining their mission, what if any lessons can ICT Educators at community colleges learn from this online education disruption?

Join us for a discussion about how community colleges might develop and utilize MOOC courses and content. Hear early outcomes from colleges that have already engaged in MOOCs and their visions for future online interaction.



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  • I’m Una Daly, Community College Outreach Director at OpenCourseWare Consortium. I am truly honored to be invited to Ohio and kick off your Textbook Affordability Summit. Ohio has long been a leader in innovative education from OhioLink to Ohio Digital Bookshelf and Scaffold to the Stars. I have had the pleasure of working with both Danielle Budzick on an open textbook project here at Cuyahoga Tri-City College and cheering on your Scaffold to the Stars run by the Ohio Digital Bookshelf.
  • UMUC, Georgia State University, and Excelsior College provide credit for successfully completing MOOCs.
  • Actually MOOCs started in 2003 at Athabasca University in Canada. They were an experiment in online learning using social media lead by George Siemens (father of connectivism) and other colleagues.
  • 2012 was declared the year of the MOOC while this time last year, MOOC was still a largely unknown term. It started with Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence class at Stanford registering 160,000 students in fall 2011. Professor SebastienThrun was so enamored of that experience where top 400 students in the course were non-Stanford students that he started Udacity to provide this kind of education more widely including a Masters of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Coursera and edX followed shortly thereafter.
  • Over the last 13 years the supply of open educational materials has expanded to such a mass that it had to be taken into account by higher education.

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  • MOOCs and ICT Education: Disruptive or Merely Distracting? Una Daly, OpenCourseWare Consortium Mid-Pacific ICT 2014 Conference Image:The MOOC! The Movie by Giulia Forsythe CC BY-NC-SA 1
  • Welcome Una Daly Community College Outreach Director OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Presentation Overview • • • • • • MOOC and OER Overview Context of Higher Ed Research to date Pedagogical Innovation or Disaster Institutional Strategies Conversation …
  • True or False? • Tuition at public higher ed institutions increased 40% in last decade • MOOCs are open educational resources that can be freely reused. • Colleges do not give credit for MOOCs 4
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium (founded MIT in 2001) “Advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, highquality education materials organized as courses.” Over 280 institutions in 46 Countries
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) U.S. Dept. of Education – Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or repurposing by others. cc-by donkyhotey/flickr adapted from Judy Baker cc-by license 6
  • What are MOOCs? • Massive [ 1000’s of students] • Online [ registration, videos, quizzes, social networking, assessment] • Open [ enrollment, content?] • Course [ expert facilitators, credit? ]
  • 2012 NYTime’s Year of the MOOC
  • Higher Ed Context • Tuition up 42% at public institutions in last decade. • Student debt now exceeds $1 trillion • Average student debt upon graduation is $27,000 Image: Student Loan, Wikipedia
  • OER Huge and Growing … OCWC OER YOU TUBE iTUNESu • 280 Members • Over 30,000 Courses • Over 700,000 videos on Education channel • Over 500,000 courses/learning materials Adapted from Gary Matkin, Dean UCI, slideshare Evolution of Open 2013
  • 2013: First Half • Huge growth in MOOCs & partners • Credit options explored • $7000 Masters of Computer Science – Udacity partners with Georgia Tech, AT&T • Gates Foundation Funds Research
  • Huge Growth • Coursera: – 70 partners institutions – 10 U.S. state university systems. • Udacity: – Partners with San Jose State • edX: - Continues to partner with Bunker Hill Community College in flipped classrooms Image:The MOOC! The Movie by Giulia Forsythe CC BY-NC-SA
  • Credit Options • ACE approves 6 MOOCs for credit • Coursera introduces signature track • UMUC, Georgia State, and Excelsior • California SB 520 MOOC bill
  • Community College MOOCs • Remedial MOOCs – Basic Skills for Math, Reading, – Prep for Placement Exams • Pedagogical Innovations – Competency-based, student paced – Game-based strategies – Flipped classroom models
  • Emerging Tech Cycle Gartner Cycle, Wikipedia Commons, cc-by-sa
  • End of 2013: “Trough of Disillusion” • Completion rates dismal – Udacity pivots to corporate training • California legislation shelved • Gates Foundation research – results inconclusive Image: Dragon Roller Coaster thewamphyri cc-by-nc-nd
  • Community College Research • Cuyahoga College – gaming engages students • Mount St. Jacinto – requires lots of faculty mentors • Wakefield College – Expensive to develop and no clear revenue
  • Community College MOOCS & Pundits • Gate Foundation – Flipped classroom • Steven Downes – Open Access is key – Hackathon as MOOC – Certificates later Image: Wikipedia, cc-by-sa
  • Next Step: Slope of Enlightenment • Innovation • Expanding student access • Attracting students • Institutional Strategy Uphill struggle, borkur.net cc-by
  • Innovation • Profession Development – Flipped classrooms – MOOCs lead to SPOCs • Faculty interested in MOOC learning – Scottsdale College – Basic Arithmetic – Hartnell College – Criminal Justice – Seattle College – U.S. History – Broward College – Reading, Math, Prep
  • Attracting New Students • Beyond traditional college students – overseas, workforce, high school • University of California Irvine – 12% of prospective undergrads and grad students preview open curriculum Adapted from Gary Matkin, Dean UCI, slideshare Evolution of Open 2013
  • Institutional Benefits • • • • • • Exposure and positioning Serves current & attract new students Empower faculty innovation Identification as learning leader Opportunity for public service Opportunity for academic research Adapted from Gary Matkin, Dean UCI, slideshare Evolution of Open 2013
  • Summary • Are MOOCs here to stay? • Have they changed the conversation? • What will be their lasting legacy?
  • Thank you for coming!! • Questions? • Contact Info: Una Daly, unatdaly@ocwconsortium.org
  • CCCOER Mission • Promote adoption of OER to enhance teaching and learning – Expand access to education – Support professional development – Advance community college mission Funded by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • 240+ Colleges 15 States & Provinces