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Paper presented at Ed Tech 14, Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Learning Technology, Dublin. 30th May 2014.

Paper presented at Ed Tech 14, Annual Conference of the Irish Association for Learning Technology, Dublin. 30th May 2014.

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A View from Downunder: Lessons from an Institutional MOOC Experience A View from Downunder: Lessons from an Institutional MOOC Experience Presentation Transcript

  • A cutting-edge digital learning strategy A View from Downunder: Lessons from an Institutional MOOC Experience Mark Brown, Maggie Hartnett, Andrew Jamieson, Scott Symonds & Amy Wilson Ed Tech Conference 30th May 2014 Dublin
  • A view from the udder-side…
  • 1. The MOOC debate 2. The Open2Study initiative 3. Questions about the future of MOOCs Outline
  • 1. The MOOC debate…
  • 1. The MOOC debate…
  • Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 1. The MOOC debate…
  • Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 1. The MOOC debate…
  • An avalanche is coming. It’s hard of course, to say exactly when. It may be sooner than we think. Certainly there is no better time than now to seek to understand what lies ahead for higher education – and to prepare (p.8) Barber, M., Donnelly, K., & Rizvi, S. (2013). An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead. Institute for Public Policy Research. London. 1. The MOOC debate…
  • 1. The MOOC debate…
  • 1. The MOOC debate… “The burning issues for MOOCs are the exploration of a viable business model and the accreditation of MOOC learning” (p.7).
  • 1. The MOOC debate…
  • 1. The MOOC debate… Another Colonialist tool?
  • 1. The MOOC debate… • a type of marketing • a financial policy for higher education • an academic labor policy • an expression of Silicon Valley values • a kind of entertainment media MOOCs are… Peters, M. (2013). Massive Open Online Courses and Beyond: the Revolution to Come. Truthout, August 17
  • Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • Palmerston NorthAuckland Wellington Distance Worldwide 2. The Open2Study initiative… 33,000 students
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • • Agriculture and the World Around Us • Emergency Management • Indigenous Cultures Initially three subjects… 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students 2. The Open2Study initiative… Perceived benefits…
  • • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner 2. The Open2Study initiative… Perceived benefits…
  • • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner • Help shape the digital platform and learning design model • Learn from the experience – innovation agenda! 2. The Open2Study initiative… Perceived benefits…
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative… Actual Benefits… Still research in progress
  • 2. The Open2Study initiative…
  • 3. Questions about the future of MOOCs…
  • 3. Questions about the future of MOOCs… • Why develop MOOCs? • What are the perceived benefits? • What is the most viable business model? • To what extent are we really behind the game? • How can MOOCs serve the type of education system we want to create? In the Irish context…
  • Professor Mark Brown 2013 Conclusion
  • Professor Mark Brown 2013 Conclusion “There is no doubt that the advent of MOOCs has precipitated many institutions to consider or revisit their strategy with respect to online learning, whether at large scale or small” (Hollands & Tirthali, 2014, p.7).
  • Conclusion
  • Contact details… Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz