MOOCs and health sciences education: Hype or disruption?

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This a presentation I gave as part of the IAMSE Web Seminar series on 6 February 2014 looking at MOOCs and exploring their potential in health sciences education.

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MOOCs and health sciences education: Hype or disruption?

  1. 1. MOOCS and Health Sciences Education: ! Hype or disruption? Natalie Lafferty! University of Dundee http://flic.kr/p/dQkC93
  2. 2. Massive Open Online Courses
  3. 3. Overview • History of MOOCs! • Disruption or Hype?! • Do MOOCs offer us anything new?! • Potential for innovation
  4. 4. 2008 2012 2011 2013 CCK09 - Connectivism & Connected Knowledge ! Siemens & Downes - 2,300 participants Artificial Intelligence MOOC! Stanford University - 150,000 participants Year of the MOOC - Udacity, Coursera, edX FutureLearn -Growing numbers of health MOOCs! Anti-MOOC Emergence of MOOCs
  5. 5. 2012: Sebastian Thrun! ! 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.! Disrupting Higher Education http://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff_aiclass/
  6. 6. cMOOCs! Connectivist xMOOCs! eXtension
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/6638184545/ Connectivism - open networked learning! ! http://www.connectivism.ca/about.html
  8. 8. Social Media Tools! Supporting cMOOCS http://lifeinthefastlane.com/essentials-of-em-talk-2/
  9. 9. xMOOCs typically involve video lectures, quizzes, discussion boards
  10. 10. By October 2013 Coursera had … • Enrolled over 5 million students! • Attracted students from 190 countries! • 107 partner universities! • Course videos over 300 million times
  11. 11. http://flic.kr/p/desGMt MOOC hype and hysteria Can anything stop it … ?
  12. 12. “Course completion rates are very low, averaging 
 4% across all courses and ranging from 2% to 14% depending on the course and measurement of completion.”
  13. 13. http://www.katyjordan.com/MOOCproject.html
  14. 14. http://www.fastcompany.com/3021473/udacity-sebastian-thrun-uphill-climb
  15. 15. By the end of 2013 the hype begins to dip Gartner Hype Cycle
  16. 16. But … is the hype now being fallen for in health care professions education?
  17. 17. The case for MOOCs • Blended learning - flipped classroom! • MOOCs are inherently social! • Learning analytics! • Lifelong learning
  18. 18. Are we already ahead of the game?! Medicine, Nursing & Health make the most use of TEL in UK Higher Education Source: UCISA 2012 Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning for Higher Education in the UK!
  19. 19. Sharing open educational resources! YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes
  20. 20. Video lectures are nothing new …! ! Lectures are only a small piece of the learning experience in health care professions education! … we’re already flipping & using TBL
  21. 21. Is technology simply replicating existing practice? http://www.flickr.com/photos/teddy-rised/2814710002/!
  22. 22. Have we got a problem with attention span? 1"min" 2"min" 3"min" 4"min" 5"min" 6"min" The optimal video length is 6 minutes or shorter -- students watched most of the way through these short videos. PHILIP GUO edX – 29 Oct 2013! https://www.edx.org/blog/optimal-video-length-student-engagement!
  23. 23. Changing emphasis in HCP education
  24. 24. Are xMOOCS really social?! Students want face-to-face teaching http://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/1472187414/!
  25. 25. Assessment & Feedback Issues with quality, plagiarism,! machine marking,
  26. 26. Do students have the appropriate skills?
  27. 27. What about the …! ! POTENTIAL?
  28. 28. New models to widen access?! Pre-med MOOCs? Issues around accreditation?
  29. 29. Shortage of basic scientists Can we collaborate to compete?
  30. 30. Open Online Courses to support interprofessional learning http://flic.kr/p/dx5HD8
  31. 31. Could open online courses help us create new learning opportunities around topics like public health, ethics, global health?!
  32. 32. Open badges to accredit learning
  33. 33. Most potential at postgraduate and! CME/CPD level
  34. 34. Free open access medical education already growing in popularity http://lifeinthefastlane.com/foam/
  35. 35. What will MOOCs look like in 5 years? Gartner Hype Cycle
  36. 36. Keep our focus on enhancing learning & teaching whilst not being afraid of change
  37. 37. What do you think?! ! Questions? Natalie  Lafferty    
 Twi%er  -­‐  @nlafferty   Email  –  n.t.lafferty@dundee.ac.uk   Thank you

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