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Head Start Online: A MOOC for those Thinking About, or Preparing for, Flexible Study

  1. 1. Head Start Online: A MOOC for those Thinking About, or Preparing for, Flexible Study James BRUNTON, Mark BROWN, Eamon COSTELLO, Orna FARRELL & Conor MAHON EDEN Research Workshop Oldenburg, Germany 5th October, 2016
  2. 2. Outline… 1. Background 2. Student Success Toolbox 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online Structure…
  3. 3. 1. Background
  4. 4. Education at a Glance… 1. Background
  5. 5. “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 1. Background
  6. 6. 1. Background
  7. 7. Gartner Hype Cycle MOOCs 1. Background
  8. 8. Jansen, D., & Schuwer, R. (2015). Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe Status report based on a mapping survey conducted in October - December 2014. EADTU – HOME project. Available from http://eadtu.eu/documents/Publications/OEenM/Institutional_MOOC_strategies_in_Europe.pdf 1. Background
  9. 9. 2015 - 35 million learners 2014 - 18 million learners http://www.onlinecoursereport.com/state-of-the-mooc-2016-a-year-of-massive-landscape-change-for-massive-open-online-courses/ 1. Background
  10. 10. 1. Background
  11. 11. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55). 1. Background
  12. 12. 1. Background
  13. 13. http://www.dcu.ie/academy 1. Background
  14. 14. 2. Student Success Toolbox
  15. 15. Woodley, A., & Simpson, O. (2014). Student dropout: The elephant in the room (pp. 459-483). In O. Zawacki-Richter & T. Anderson (Eds.). Online distance education: Towards a research agenda. Athabasca: AU Press. 2. Student Success Toolbox
  16. 16. Student Success Toolbox for Flexible Learners 2. Student Success Toolbox http://studentsuccess.ie
  17. 17. 2. Student Success Toolbox
  18. 18. Key Principles Student Success Self Regulation PersonalisationCustomisation Point of Need Voice of Other Learners 2. Student Success Toolbox
  19. 19. The Toolbox 2. Student Success Toolbox
  20. 20. 2. Student Success Toolbox Am I Ready for Study?
  21. 21. Am I Ready for Study? 2. Student Success Toolbox
  22. 22. 2. Student Success Toolbox Am I Ready for Study?
  23. 23. 2. Student Success Toolbox Do I have Enough Time?
  24. 24. 2. Student Success Toolbox Do I have Enough Time?
  25. 25. 2. Student Success Toolbox http://studentsuccess.ie
  26. 26. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  27. 27. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  28. 28. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  29. 29. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7TONQbg2Vg
  30. 30. • A good beginning • What to expect • Time is precious • Skills for success • What is required to succeed • Next steps Structure… 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  31. 31. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  32. 32. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  33. 33. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  34. 34. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online Participants… • No marketing • Registered = 151 • Kiron Learners = 70 • Active After Week 1 = 37 • Completed = 24 (64%) • Requested Certificate = 15 (62%)
  35. 35. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online The activity "How much time do I have" really put into perspective for me how much time I really do have and how poorly I've managed it. Now my youngest has started third level [higher education], there are no more excuses to hide behind! Feedback…
  36. 36. 3. Initial Pilot of Head Start Online
  37. 37. Conclusion
  38. 38. Conclusion • Important gap • Validation of online tools • Benefits of Academy initiative In sum…
  39. 39. Launch in January 2017 Conclusion
  40. 40. Research event… http://nextgen16.esai.ie
  41. 41. Go raibh maith agaibh!
  42. 42. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz mark.brown@dcu.ie

Editor's Notes

  • Some people argue the MOOC fad or bubble has burst and we are now in the ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ in terms of the Gartner Hype Cycle. However, this cycle does not tell the full story and treats all MOOC initiatives as the same. Moreover, it fails to recognise the importance of the context in which MOOCs are used within and beyond institutions.
  • The fact is that the number of learners taking MOOCs in 2015 almost doubled the number of people registering in 2014. There is little sign of a reduction of interest in MOOCs by prospective learners. No doubt the MOOC debate will continue to evolve on the next year or so.
  • We have published more details of how we went about this selection process in the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning if you want further information.
  • The key point is that DCU spent this time identifying our drivers and notably our commitment to building a rich innovation ecology in teaching and learning was seen as the major driver for embarking on a MOOC initiative. We saw MOOCs as a means of innovating in different approaches to online learning that we could then bring back to our regular teaching and learning environment.
  • In the end after considerable deliberation we selected a new MOOC platform known as Academy that will be launched shortly by Moodle HQ. DCU will be the first university in the World to pilot this dedicated MOOC platform which ticked all the boxes for our innovation agenda or driver. Put simply, we did not see much would be gained by simply being a client of an existing major MOOC platform.
  • We are currently working on the development of four MOOCs in what will be known as the DCU Open Academy. These are at various stages of development as the Academy platform itself continues to be developed. This slides is just a placeholder for these courses and final course titles may change over the next few months.
  • In the end after considerable deliberation we selected a new MOOC platform known as Academy that will be launched shortly by Moodle HQ. DCU will be the first university in the World to pilot this dedicated MOOC platform which ticked all the boxes for our innovation agenda or driver. Put simply, we did not see much would be gained by simply being a client of an existing major MOOC platform.
  • We are currently working on the development of four MOOCs in what will be known as the DCU Open Academy. These are at various stages of development as the Academy platform itself continues to be developed. This slides is just a placeholder for these courses and final course titles may change over the next few months.

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