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Engaging Ageing in the Digital-era: The Potential of MOOCs for Life-long Learning

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Presentation at Engaging Ageing 2018 Conference: New Frontiers of Ageing - Research, Policy and Practice, Dublin, 13th March 2018

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Engaging Ageing in the Digital-era: The Potential of MOOCs for Life-long Learning

  1. 1. Engaging Ageing in the Digital-era: The Potential of MOOCs for Life-long Learning Mark Brown Mairead Nic Giollamhichil Conchur Mac Lochlainn
  2. 2. Open Education Unit The Ideas Lab Off-campus Online Delivery New and Emerging Models of Delivery Teaching Enhancement Unit On-campus Blended Delivery Research Network BOLD Learning Designs NATIONAL INSTITUTE
  3. 3. 2019 Conference Dublin
  4. 4. 1. Growth of MOOCs 2. Irish Policy Gaps 3. DCU’s Response Outline….
  5. 5. 1. Growth of MOOCs
  6. 6. In 1976… 89% market share
  7. 7. 2015 No Significant Difference
  8. 8. “It will not be possible to satisfy the rising demand for Higher Education, especially in developing countries, by relying on traditional approaches.” (Sir John Daniel, 2013) Past President, Commonwealth of Learning; Previous Vice-Chancellor, UK Open University
  9. 9. 2. Irish Policy Gaps
  10. 10. 2.7%
  11. 11. “As a country we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by increasing levels of participation in higher education among all Irish citizens” (National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education, 2015, p. i)
  12. 12. 3. DCU’s Response
  13. 13. FOMO
  14. 14. 136 Countries
  15. 15. Top 5 Countries - Learners United States of America Ireland United Kingdom Australia Canada
  16. 16. Age Demographic
  17. 17. Final remarks…
  18. 18. • Worldwide demand • Significant policy barriers • Age no limit to learning online Final remarks…
  19. 19. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you

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