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Making MOOCs work:
Partnerships in International Education
Dr Stephen Powell
1
MOOCs in STEM teaching: current and
future ...
brief introduction to MOOCs including their
origins and some ideas that underpin them…
partnership building project betwee...
Reports
MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for
Higher Education, Li Yuan and Stephen Powell,
JISC CETIS. March 2013
Be...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
MOOC Origins
Title: Making MOOCs work: Partnerships in International Education
De...
Arguably, thus far the MOOC experiment has:
• driven up the general quality of online learning and
raised the level of int...
UKeU (2003) £50m, 900 students, £56,000
each!
£14.5m in the technology platform
(Education and Skills - Third Report. Hous...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Choices
• Motivations
• Platforms
• Copyright
• Sustainability & revenue models
•...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Motivations: Southampton &
Beijing partnership
Southampton, an approach to market...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Components
Southampton Web Science MOOC: How the Web
is Changing the World (6th O...
Web Science MOOC
OnlineSeminars
Local facilitation
& Assessment
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Students opinions…
• technological issues that you might imagine
• 65% students satisfied or very satisfied
• for 81 % lan...
“It is a great opportunity to broaden
students’ horizons, especially to gain some
precious experience of learning from for...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Some opportunities…
Develop teaching practices
“in this situation the whole point...
“Great opportunity for teachers to broaden the horizons.
They could learn how academics in foreign countries to
teach… for...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Marketing and recruitment
“That may be a marketing opportunity,
something southam...
Partnership building
“Identify some courses that we are actually teaching
at a time that we are actually teaching them. Di...
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Implications for STEM
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Making MOOCs Work

  1. 1. Making MOOCs work: Partnerships in International Education Dr Stephen Powell 1 MOOCs in STEM teaching: current and future trends Friday, 20th January 2015, Manchester
  2. 2. brief introduction to MOOCs including their origins and some ideas that underpin them… partnership building project between the University of Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science department and Beijing Normal University (BNU) Institute of Information, built around the Web Science course on the FutureLearn platform Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  3. 3. Reports MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education, Li Yuan and Stephen Powell, JISC CETIS. March 2013 Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions, Li Yuan, Stephen Powell and Bill Olivier. January 2014 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  4. 4. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International MOOC Origins Title: Making MOOCs work: Partnerships in International Education Description: MOOCs including their origins and some of the ideas that underpin them. Key point: scalability (potential to be massive), register to join (open beyond institutional boundaries), it was online and was a course. Origins
  5. 5. Arguably, thus far the MOOC experiment has: • driven up the general quality of online learning and raised the level of interest and activity • opened up a culture of experimentation in teaching and learning • introduced many hundreds of thousands/millions of people to subjects from the arts through to STEM • challenged institutions to think about their learning technology • challenged institutions to also think about their teaching business models, particularly around ODL Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  6. 6. UKeU (2003) £50m, 900 students, £56,000 each! £14.5m in the technology platform (Education and Skills - Third Report. House of Commons) Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  7. 7. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Choices • Motivations • Platforms • Copyright • Sustainability & revenue models • Teaching design - audience and purpose • Learner
  8. 8. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Motivations: Southampton & Beijing partnership Southampton, an approach to marketing their postgraduate offerings and looking for: “opportunities to leverage the investment already made” “Anything we can experiment with, which is about how we develop partnerships with other universities" Beijing, desire to internationalise their curriculum
  9. 9. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Components Southampton Web Science MOOC: How the Web is Changing the World (6th Oct - 10th Nov) 87 BNU first year Undergraduate students on f2f Computer Science course WoLearn platform
  10. 10. Web Science MOOC OnlineSeminars Local facilitation & Assessment Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  11. 11. Students opinions… • technological issues that you might imagine • 65% students satisfied or very satisfied • for 81 % language barriers • 57 % MOOC valuable or very valuable • 58 % online discussion valuable or very valuable • 48 % online seminars valuable or very valuable Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  12. 12. “It is a great opportunity to broaden students’ horizons, especially to gain some precious experience of learning from foreign countries, including understanding different learning strategies/activities and improving English ability” Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  13. 13. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Some opportunities… Develop teaching practices “in this situation the whole point is I can't do a straight- forward lecture to the same lecture to students in China I have to make some provision for them and the easiest way is to flip. Once I have done that I have moved my educational practice on”
  14. 14. “Great opportunity for teachers to broaden the horizons. They could learn how academics in foreign countries to teach… foreign teaching focus more on communicating with students, the teaching style is much freer” Develop teaching practices Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  15. 15. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Marketing and recruitment “That may be a marketing opportunity, something southampton branded that engaged with a cohort of very good students and we may now see them thinking as Southampton as a place they may apply to”
  16. 16. Partnership building “Identify some courses that we are actually teaching at a time that we are actually teaching them. Discuss how we could deliver those same courses to a partner in China simultaneously. As soon as we do that we have simultaneous groups where we can have Chinese and English students learning together.” Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
  17. 17. Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Implications for STEM ?

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