SEFI-2013 Online Learning and Higher Engineering Education: The MOOC Phenomenon

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  • In the past this was the way that we tried to teach.We had a ‘strange common understanding’: some thought teaching was learning, so learning predominantly took place in the class room.
  • What is it?And what are the ‘criteria’?
  • Looking at it from the ‘entry’ side, but also from the ‘supplier’ side
  • The flipped funnelExtraordinary cost savings potential
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  • SEFI-2013 Online Learning and Higher Engineering Education: The MOOC Phenomenon

    1. 1. Online Learning and Higher Engineering Education The MOOC Phenomenon Pieter de Vries
    2. 2. Courtesy Eric Klopfer
    3. 3. Purpose of the paper • Better understanding of open education • Trends towards openness like Open Educational Courseware and Resources • Implications for Higher Engineering Education
    4. 4. Background of the phenomenon • Public discussion about the incompetence of HE to cope with today’s learning demands • The rising costs for students and institutions • Acceptance of Internet technologies can serve as problem solving opportunity • Open education
    5. 5. Open education ...... • Freely available online • Accessible and shared • Cost effective • Ability to adapt, tailor & build your own • Creative commons, freedom of info and use • Quality assurance
    6. 6. 155,000 Registered for 6.002x: MIT - Circuits and Electronics 7,157 Certified 8,240 Took the Final 9,318 Passed the Mid-Term 10,547 Made it the Mid-Term 26, 349 Tried the First Problem Set 154,763 Reducing Costs, Expanding Reach Same staff resources as 150 person on-campus class
    7. 7. DelftX Courses • September 2013 25.000 45.000 • February 2014 • Prof Jacco Hoekstra - Aerospace Engineering • Prof Margot Weijnen – Critical Infrastructures
    8. 8. The attack of the MOOCs An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?
    9. 9. Conclusion • MOOCs have an important impact on improving teaching and learning • Encourage institutions to develop distinctive missions • To be successful one needs clever designs, wellorganized technical and organizational settings • Online learning as a solution provider

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