Keynote address at Innovation in Tertiary Education Services 2014 conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th May 2014.
Discusses how MOOCs are stimulating a climate of innovation and change in education online, shows case studies of innovative teaching formats in a range of Universities and Community Colleges.
Argues that MOOCs are performing at plateau of stable expectations, and that their greatest impact is a set of invigorated conversations around cost, access, quality and delivery of education.
Compares two interdisciplinary courses, one a blended/hybrid course at Harrisburg Community Colleges, and one offered later as a MOOC at UC Irvine, both using topic of Zombies as a vehicle.
Concludes that MOOCs have unleashed an innovative set of approaches across HE (rather than being in them selves innovative). Schools focussed on classroom delivery have an opportunity to re-invent what they do. Elite institutions can use the MOOC as an intermediary format for delivering their content across multiple formats