He’s thinking big now. He imagines that in
10 years, job applicants will tout their
Udacity degrees. In 50 years, he
says, there will be only 10 institutions in
the world delivering higher education and
Udacity has a shot at being one of them.
Thrun quoted in 2012 online report:
● content is NOT free
● students can NOT support
● MOOCs can NOT solve the
problem of educational
scarcity in emerging
● Education is NOT a mass
● It's NOT all about money
● will NOT create a two-tier
● MOOCs are NOT inherently
● We've have NOT seen how
this plays out
Against (from Laurillard) For (from Educause)
Landscape of Higher Education
Landscape at UCT
High-profile ‘rockstar’ MOOCs
on general interest topics.
Help prepare students
study and develop
general skills and
topics that may
A general interest high profile course that showcases the institution by means
of an engaging subject or personality led. Likely to be of global interest and
matches a popular understanding of high profile MOOCs
Category 1 Teaching Showcase
Provide foundational or enhancement skills, which students could take these prior to
applying or attending an institution but could also replace some campus-based teaching for
'bottleneck courses' or non-core. Likely to be of local interest, either within the institution or
at a country-wide setting.
Category 2 Gateway Skills
Post-graduate level courses to support application or programmes of
study focussed on building postgraduate literacies. Likely to be of local or
Category 3 Graduate Literacies
Geared towards vocational skills development, re-tooling and professional development;
they could be offered in conjunction with other organisations or professional bodies. Likely
to be of local interest, although some specialised topics may be globally relevant. .
Category 4 Professional
Specialised and targeted than category one courses as they assumes
some existing background in the topic, but are still geared towards general
or leisure learning. Likely to have global appeal.
Category 5 Showcase research/specialisms
MOOC categories summary
MOOC Category Institutional purpose and examples
1 – Teaching
Showcase teaching and showcase faculty; general interest
topics at an undergraduate level.
2 – Gateway
Prepare students; assist with bottleneck courses or provide
3 – Graduate
Help prepare students for postgraduate study and develop
general skills and expectations.
4 – Professional
Support continuing education and showcasing professional
careers and qualifications.
5 – Research
Showcase research and special interest topics that may
attract postgraduate level of interest.
Landscape with MOOCs
Emerging models from MOOCs
Courses – e.g DS106
SPOCs (small private
online courses) -
MOCs (Massive Online
Courses) – Unisa
Wrapping – e.g.,
A ‘freemium’ model is
where additional support
domains allows for
Where to from here?
CILT position paper - under review for journal
Enroll for a MOOC - check www.class-central.com/
Draw MOOCs into classroom - ask your students
about their experiences?
Set up a study group - or join the CILT unstudy
Scoop-it curated links
TO MOOC OR NOT TO
MOOC – NOW WHAT
IS THE QUESTION?