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My presentation at Oxford 31-May-2012 regarding my perceptions as a Coursera instructor and my outlook on MOOCs in general.

My presentation at Oxford 31-May-2012 regarding my perceptions as a Coursera instructor and my outlook on MOOCs in general.



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Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Presentation Transcript

  • Massively Open Online Courses MOOC Dr. Charles Severance <> Twitter: @drchuck
  • Current MOOC Players• Coursera - Daphne Koller and Andrew NG (Stanford CS Profs) • Stanford, Princeton, Michigan, UPenn, (Berkeley)• Udacity - Sebastian Thrun (Stanford CS Prof)• edX - Anant Agarwal (MIT CS Prof) • MIT, Harvard
  • A Bit of History
  • 1994 1995 - Internet: TCICharles Severance / Richard Wiggins 00:52
  • 1996
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  • You are Here1998
  • 1998
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  • 1995 1996 1998 1999 ! 2004 2008
  • Certified - LMS •  Desire2Learn"Learning"Environment"v8.4.2"and"v9.0" •  Blackboard"9.1SP4" •  Moodle"2.2" •  Jenzabar"JICS"v7.2"and"eMRacer"v1.2" •  Learning"Objects"Campus"Pack"v4.2" •  Sakai"v2.7" •  OLAT"7.0" •  GeNIE,"OpenMSource"LMS"v1.0" •  Canvas"Instructure" •  Moodle"1.9"Basic"LTI"Module" •  PowerLink"for"Blackboard"WebCT"v8" hVp://"©"2012"IMS"Global"Learning"Consor6um,"Inc.""All"Rights"Reserved" 2011"
  • The"Ring"of"Compliance"©"2012"IMS"Global"Learning"Consor6um,"Inc.""All"Rights"Reserved" 2011"
  • Faculty Member• Hired UMich School of Information - 2007• Founded Undergraduate Program in Informatics• Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor - 2010• Wrote two text books and a "memoir"• Developed seven new courses - many open• Worked as part of a team to build new Bachelors Degree
  • - my own attempt at open, live, and interactive
  • 2011 - The Year of the MOOC• Prior work: David Wiley, Stephen Downes, George Siemens• Stanford AI class - 100K students• MITx (MIT)• Udacity (Stanford)• Coursera (Stanford)
  • 2011 - I am getting angry..• Michigan is not involved in any MOOC efforts• Sakai OAE has lots of investment but is moving too slowly• Michigan delays upgrading to Sakai 2.9 until January 2013 at the earliest
  • March 8, 2012
  • Date: March 9, 2012 9:16:54 AM CSTTo: feedback+course@coursera.orgCc: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <>Subject: I would like to Teach a Course on Coursera - InternetHistory and TechnologyDear Coursera,I would like to teach a course on Coursera titled "InternetHistory and Technology". As background, I teach a course titled"SI502 - Networked Computing: Storage, Communication, andProcessing"It is a course on technology for non-technologists.   I attach itssyllabus ...
  • Date: March 10, 2012 10:02:52 PM CST (Saturday)From: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <>Subject: Re: I would like to Teach a Course ...Chuck,Martha is in charge of Coursera if you want to approach herdirectly.Jeff
  • Date: March 11, 2012 4:23:20 PM CDT (Sunday)From: Martha Pollack <>Subject: RE: I would like to Teach a Course on CourseraTo: Charles Severance <>Cc: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <>Yes, yes, yes, I’d love to have you do this, as part of the initial groupof UM faculty developing Coursera courses!   I’m scrambling rightnow,  so will send you more information later (either this eveningor tomorrow), and then we can talk. --Martha
  • 1995 1996 2004 2013 2008
  • What does Massive Mean?
  • 01:27 / 2:37
  • Getting to Massive Size...• Online education is not the "enemy" of residential institutions• Social duty to "teach the world" - cannot build buildings fast enough• Accept that "at a distance" is not the same as face to face• Start as an experiment - iterate• At 100,000+ students - cannot compensate in office hours or questions after class - must think through materials
  • Coursera Tools Enable Scale• Short chunked video lectures with embedded interactive activities to test knowledge• Wide range of auto-graded assessments including peer grading of writing• Discussion groups - peer help• Authoring feels to me like writing a video-enhanced interactive book with deeply integrated assessment and community building and collaboration tools
  • Internet History, Technology, and Security• Highly visual - many videos of history makers• Critical thinking - humanities / social science• I want to use it as a platform to experiment
  • Summary• It is early days but things are off and running• It is not at all clear how this will shake out or what platform will win• It is a bad time to be on the sidelines...• It is a great time to be a teacher who wants to play in the future