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‘Why is the MOOC environment better
than our VLE?’
and other Open Educational challenges and
benefits to curr...
What will we talk about?
Photo by Aaron Hockley, Flickr
• Who is Open Education for?
• The disappointment of MOOCs
• How M...
MOOC platforms are attractive because:
• Simple
• Mobile-friendly
• No Turnitin
Photo by lorenabuena on Flickr
Image by James Cridland
Who is open education for?
100 million adults can’t afford university (UNESCO)
The disappointment of MOOCs
Photo by JD Lasica on Flickr
The disappointment of MOOCs
Photo by JD Lasica on Flickr
• Privileged, educated
• Recruitment
Who studied the FutureLearn RIII MOOC?
N=2285 or 22% of enrollees
Image by lisby1 on Flickr
• 69% Females over 45 years ol...
Who studied the FutureLearn RIII MOOC?
• 52% already studied the topic or working in
the topic (history, archaeology)
• 35...
Learner participation in RIII MOOC
• 74% visited the course a few times a week or
more
• 83% spent at least 30 minutes on ...
Learner completion in RIII MOOC
In the final week:
• 42% unique visitors visited that week’s
materials
• 28% marked an act...
How MOOCs benefit current students:
MOOC platforms are attractive because:
• Simple
• Mobile-friendly
• No Turnitin
Photo ...
“Why can’t we use the MOOC platform
instead of our regular VLE for actual
teaching?”
Photo by Dave on Flickr
Why are we so willing to spend this
money on potential students but not on
enrolled students?
– LeicesterUni app gets more...
Do MOOCs benefit students?
Evaluation of FutureLearn MOOC
• Why did students sign up for MOOC?
– To try out new things 85%...
From our evaluation:
MOOCs benefit students and the institution
• By giving students a
chance to try online
learning for t...
Open Education practices benefit students:
• MOOCs can benefit currently enrolled students: Northampton
– University of No...
Open Education practices benefit students:
• By making good learning materials more accessible (don’t
have to go to librar...
Open Education practices benefit students:
• Students can do more with open access materials
– English/Linguistics assignm...
How can we encourage more benefits?
New OER Advice for Instructors
Copyright advice encourages CC use
• Flickr CC search
• Google CC search
• University of Leicester Copyright for Academic
...
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This critical look at MOOCs was shared in an HEA CLL Event on 31st March 2014 in Leeds, UK.

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    1. 1. www.le.ac.uk ‘Why is the MOOC environment better than our VLE?’ and other Open Educational challenges and benefits to current HE practice From OERs to MOOCs: HEA CLL Event 31 March 2014 Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation Photo by FullyFunctnlPhil on Flickr
    2. 2. What will we talk about? Photo by Aaron Hockley, Flickr • Who is Open Education for? • The disappointment of MOOCs • How MOOCs benefit current students • How can we encourage benefits? • Benefits of open educational practice
    3. 3. MOOC platforms are attractive because: • Simple • Mobile-friendly • No Turnitin Photo by lorenabuena on Flickr
    4. 4. Image by James Cridland Who is open education for? 100 million adults can’t afford university (UNESCO)
    5. 5. The disappointment of MOOCs Photo by JD Lasica on Flickr
    6. 6. The disappointment of MOOCs Photo by JD Lasica on Flickr • Privileged, educated • Recruitment
    7. 7. Who studied the FutureLearn RIII MOOC? N=2285 or 22% of enrollees Image by lisby1 on Flickr • 69% Females over 45 years old • UK 76% • USA 9% • Australia 2% • Canada 2%
    8. 8. Who studied the FutureLearn RIII MOOC? • 52% already studied the topic or working in the topic (history, archaeology) • 35% had studied an online course previously • Of the above, 50% uni course for credit, 32% other MOOCs
    9. 9. Learner participation in RIII MOOC • 74% visited the course a few times a week or more • 83% spent at least 30 minutes on the course each visit • Average of 8 comments total in discussion • 30% thought it was a bit or much too easy
    10. 10. Learner completion in RIII MOOC In the final week: • 42% unique visitors visited that week’s materials • 28% marked an activity as complete • 5-10% average completion rate for MOOCs internationally
    11. 11. How MOOCs benefit current students: MOOC platforms are attractive because: • Simple • Mobile-friendly • No Turnitin Photo by lorenabuena on Flickr
    12. 12. “Why can’t we use the MOOC platform instead of our regular VLE for actual teaching?” Photo by Dave on Flickr
    13. 13. Why are we so willing to spend this money on potential students but not on enrolled students? – LeicesterUni app gets more attention than Bbd Mobile – iTunes U for outsiders but no iTunes for students – False advertising with ‘taster’ MOOCs
    14. 14. Do MOOCs benefit students? Evaluation of FutureLearn MOOC • Why did students sign up for MOOC? – To try out new things 85% – To try FutureLearn or a MOOC 53% – To try out learning online 46% • Did the course meet your expectations? – Yes, met my expectations 49% – Exceeded my expectations 42%
    15. 15. From our evaluation: MOOCs benefit students and the institution • By giving students a chance to try online learning for the first time • By allowing students to consider online learning as an option in their own studies
    16. 16. Open Education practices benefit students: • MOOCs can benefit currently enrolled students: Northampton – University of Northampton Skills MOOC to benefit current and prospective students – Skills/A-Level-Type MOOC planned at University of Leicester – recruitment plus current students – University of Nottingham • By making online learning more acceptable • By showcasing innovations we actually achieve with online learning
    17. 17. Open Education practices benefit students: • By making good learning materials more accessible (don’t have to go to library) • Good materials can go on mobile devices for offline viewing – iPad app for Security, Conflict, and International Development Masters – needs CC-licensed material – One-iPad-per-Medical-Student
    18. 18. Open Education practices benefit students: • Students can do more with open access materials – English/Linguistics assignment needed open-access articles or CC learning materials – Museum Studies students creating exhibits wanted CC- licensed material Photo by Terese Bird CC-BY
    19. 19. How can we encourage more benefits?
    20. 20. New OER Advice for Instructors
    21. 21. Copyright advice encourages CC use • Flickr CC search • Google CC search • University of Leicester Copyright for Academic Instructors – some taken from London South Bank University, reused, repurposed, made available CC: http://www2.le.ac.uk/library/downloads/copyright/ UoL_Library_Copyright_For_Academic_Modules_Bo oklet_Mar_2011_v2.01.pdf
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