MOOCs in higher education: a critical reflection of its potential and pitfalls

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MOOCs in higher education: a critical reflection of its potential and pitfalls

  1. 1. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES MOOCs in higher education: a critical reflection of its potential and pitfalls Assoc Prof Philip Uys Director, Strategic Learning and Teaching Innovation Division of Student Learning Charles Sturt University, Australia puys@csu.edu.au MOOCs 2013 Melbourne 22-23 July 2013
  2. 2. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES 1. Introduction - CSU - a MOOC per month in IT Masters as a teaser - joined four MOOCs Coursera - Internet History, Technology, and Security Edx - The Ancient Greek Hero Open2study (Australian) - Teaching Adult Learners CSU - Sharepoint 2013 Development
  3. 3. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Remarkably similar in structure - registration engine - announcements - online material (watch/read) - discussion forum - multiple choice assessment/peer graded essay - reminder emails (some from facilitator) - provide certificate or badges
  4. 4. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Differences - some allow “voting” on the discussion forum - some track progress in elementary ways - CSU MOOC has weekly synchronous session - some has evaluation at the end
  5. 5. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Your experience with the structural elements of MOOCS?
  6. 6. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Compared with CSU online courses - CSU uses many more online tools e.g. wiki, blog, polling, eportfolio, digital object management system - scaffolding, support materials and help - Library services - count towards a certificate/diploma/degree (although some MOOCS also do) - assignment style assessment (although EdEx also experimenting) - personal presence of teacher in online forums, and personal emails - some have synchronous virtual classroom activities - more collaborative and cooperative learning - on-campus courses has many F2F interactions - some DE courses have F2F events e.g. residential schools (can ultimately charge for access to these items)
  7. 7. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES How does MOOCs compare with courses in your institution?
  8. 8. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES 2. Potential of MOOCs
  9. 9. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Bring a renewed focus on learning and teaching
  10. 10. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Elevate online learning to a more prominent position as part of the total university student experience http://www.flickr.com/photos/workinpana/4492789972/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  11. 11. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Social inclusion and help with employment especially in developing countries with 100 millions of learners without access to education
  12. 12. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Help unis to review their identity and competitive edge to be able to attract students
  13. 13. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Expose bad teaching, as it is public!
  14. 14. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Encourage peer learning (especially comments in the online forum)
  15. 15. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Provide free OER
  16. 16. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Great potential for analytics (truly big data!)
  17. 17. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Provide a rich connectivist network
  18. 18. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES People might go on to further studies e.g. CSU IT Masters MOOC
  19. 19. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Personal growth - life long and life-wide learning http://www.flickr.com/photos/calotype46/5963009611/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  20. 20. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Access to prestigious teachers and institutions
  21. 21. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Celebrate diversity of students
  22. 22. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Could offer subjects valuable to developing countries
  23. 23. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES What are other standout positives for you?
  24. 24. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES 2. Pitfalls of MOOCs
  25. 25. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Drop out rates are high e.g. 85% or 90% - can have devastating effect on the students
  26. 26. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Incorrectly assume that the students are self- directed, self motivated learners
  27. 27. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Very little or no scaffolding (except standard emails)
  28. 28. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Everything on Coursera belongs to them: not really open
  29. 29. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES For profit eventually e.g. “Signature” courses in Coursera
  30. 30. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES MOOCS just will not challenge tertiary institutions
  31. 31. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Often bad online pedagogy
  32. 32. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Focus seems to be quantity which does not = quality
  33. 33. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Exporting bad pedagogy can have a devastating effect on a university's marketing and brand
  34. 34. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Undeveloped sustainability model including lack of clear business model
  35. 35. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Weak on blended learning, as all is online
  36. 36. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Weak on clear mobile strategies http://www.flickr.com/photos/calotype46/5963568548/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  37. 37. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES What are other standout negatives for you?
  38. 38. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES The verdict – will MOOCS lead to positive or negative outcomes?
  39. 39. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES 3. Locating MOOCs in the higher educational landscape
  40. 40. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES • as a catalyst for change • engendering change towards more open learning • highlights learning and teaching • help universities to identify their competitive edge... or not!
  41. 41. DIVISION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING SERVICES Thank you Assoc Prof Philip Uys Director, Strategic Learning and Teaching Innovation Division of Student Learning Charles Sturt University, Australia <puys@csu.edu.au> Slides available from http://www.globe-online.com/philip.uys

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