MOOC Platforms and the Future Internet

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Presentation from Future Internet Assembly, Athens, March 2014.
Session: Beyond MOOCs: The Future of Learning on the Future Internet
Rebecca talked about her experience with the UK-based FutureLearn platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). FutureLearn ran its first course in September last year and now has more than a quarter of a million registered users. Rebecca talked about the benefits that massive participation can offer to learners, educators and to society. She also talked about the implications of MOOCs for the future of the internet.
Event URL: https://www.fi-athens.eu/program/sessions/beyond-moocs-future-learning-future-internet

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MOOC Platforms and the Future Internet

  1. 1. MOOC Platforms and the Future Internet Rebecca Ferguson Institute of Educational Technology FutureLearn pedagogic adviser Future Internet Assembly: Athens
  2. 2. Massive thousands may sign up Open no payment is required Online resources on the Internet Courses time-bounded cohorts What are MOOCs?
  3. 3. http://about.futurelearn.com/blog/ Launched September 2013 29 partners – 26 universities Nearly 400,000 course sign-ups Over 200,000 registered users Up to 30,000 learners joining courses this year
  4. 4. Massive participation offers learners •  support from a wide range of other learners •  resources provided by those learners in the form of discussion and links •  a range of diverse cultural perspectives. Benefits of massive for learners Benefits of MOOCs
  5. 5. Massive participation offers educators •  affective benefits •  potentially increased access to resources •  motivation to develop teaching practices Benefits of massive for educators Benefits of MOOCs
  6. 6. Massive participation offers society •  potential to develop tools and resources •  potential to develop professional practice •  increased access to higher education •  potential for global impact Advantages of massive for society Benefits of MOOCs
  7. 7. Badging and assessment to evidence lifelong learning Requirements for the future
  8. 8. E-learning portfolio to support lifelong learning Requirements for the future
  9. 9. Improve accessibility to provide education for all Requirements for the future
  10. 10. r3beccaf@wordpress.com www.futurelearn.com

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