Massive Open Online Courses from a Social Innovations (Madrid workshop)


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Massive Open Online Courses from a Social Innovations (Madrid workshop)

  1. 1. Massive Open Online Coursesfrom a Social InnovationsPoint of View
  2. 2. Applying SI in the context of anEU Project ….TEL-Map, has 2 objectives … Engagement of diverse stakeholders in TEL communities Alignment of stakeholders for collaborative action (through clustering, discussion, scenario modelling, disagreement management etc) 2
  3. 3. How do we find (social)innovation in digital culture,digital education … When you don’t find your way and time is running out, you don’t want to find yourself in this street … Christian Voigt (Centre for Social Innovation) 3
  4. 4. Social facts … the assessment and measurement of the scope and quality of innovation must be based on facts. In the case of commercialized innovations, e.g. a new technology, these are economic facts, whereas in the case of social innovations we need to watch out for social facts, affected or created by new combinations of social practices. (Hochgerner 2011) Facts ≠ Measurments (factum; ‘that what is done’) 4
  5. 5. Four challenges in findingsocial facts … 1. Differentiation 2. 3. Normativity Context 4. Impact Alex Kesselring (ZSI)
  6. 6. Massive Open Online Course MOCCs bring education to thousands of learners for free. The concept is still fairly immature … A course from Stanford University attracted more than 200.000 non-credit students (xMOOC) Several start-ups adopted the concepts Coursera, edX … 6
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  8. 8. Scarcity and innovation … Sir John Daniel remarked that ‘the real revolution is that universities with scarcity at the heart of their business models are embracing openness’ c-MOOCs/ connectivism (following Georg Siemens and Stephen Downes), x-MOOCs (Stanford … 8
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  10. 10. Needs newcombinations ofpractices along theway .. Young Foundation 2010 11
  11. 11. Prompts / Reasons Crisis, EU wide cuts in public spending (10 – 30%) Focus on creativity, transversal skills Asks for technical / economical innovations (xMOOCs) and pedagogical innovations (cMOOCs) 12
  12. 12. Proposals and ideasThis is the stage of idea generation. – Participative, student driven, project based – Extending existing materials to an audience multiplied by x (multiple choice, artificial intelligence in the background) 13
  13. 13. Prototyping Testing through iteration, and trial and error (pre-existing interests) Through these processes that measures of success come to be agreed upon – # of enrolements – # of completions – # of knowledge objects – … 14
  14. 14. Sustainability Purpose: everyday practice / sharpening ideas Viability: firm, social venture capital, social enterprise or charity, that will carry the innovation forward – Problematic due to privacy concerns (Access for employers, headhunters …; targeted marketing; textbook promotion) – New players (publishers, NGOs) 15
  15. 15. Scaling Federations (share costs and infrastructures) Informal diffusion Inspiration >> role of universities in today’s society 16
  16. 16. Systemic Change Ultimate goal of social innovation social movements business models laws and regulations new ways of thinking and doing … requires many smaller innovations 17
  17. 17. Enabeling Technology – txt mining 18
  18. 18. Conclusion: Reflexive Practices Traditional orientations become contestable Frequently revisiting the problem definitions (renewal of common ground) >> everything can be problematised Continuous problem solving - Solutions ‚in the wild‘ create new problems „Society“ becomes an area of intervention and innovation – social experimentation
  19. 19. Contact Details Christian Voigt (Centre for Social Innovation) 20