Making and Managing MOOCs: An Experience from the Udder-side

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  • Firstly we have greatly underestimated that educational technology is a contested terrain. This rather simplistic representation shows how digital learning is torn between competing mindsets: boosters, doomsters, deschoolers and toolsters. Arguably most educators see technology as ‘just another tool’, which is hardly a disruptive metaphor. My own position is one of critic as I’m always trying to understand the good and the bad of any new technology.
  • To quote Shakespeare, “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together...”This observation brings me to the second point. There has been a basic failure to understand the character of pedagogical innovation and the complexities of the change process.
  • Course starts this coming Monday So far 789 learners have registered for the course Completion rates for Open2Study courses are currently around 60% of people who start the course And around 25% of all registered people complete the course
  • Making and Managing MOOCs: An Experience from the Udder-side

    1. 1. Spark the imagination…
    2. 2. Making and Managing MOOCs: A cutting-edge digital learning strategy An Experience from the Udder-side Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Computers in Education Society of Ireland Conference 1st March 2014 Galway
    3. 3. About Mark… As you can probably tell I’m from…
    4. 4. About Mark… As you can probably tell I’m from…
    5. 5. About Mark… As you can probably tell I’m from…
    6. 6. About Mark… As you can probably tell I’m from… • Qualified primary teacher • Previous Editor of journal CNZS • Past President of NZ Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning • Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University
    7. 7. The udder-side…
    8. 8. A quick pop quiz… What two things are cows good for?
    9. 9. 1. Milk…
    10. 10. 2. BS…
    11. 11. 2. BS…
    12. 12. Competing mindsets… Critics
    13. 13. Competing mindsets… Technocratic Dream Technological Determinism Techno-centric Perspective Liberalism Perspective Critics Demon Perspective Human-centric Perspective Social Determinism Technocratic Nightmare
    14. 14. Competing mindsets… “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together...” William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, Act 4, Scene 3
    15. 15. Three must read books…
    16. 16. Outline… 1. What is Open2Study? 2. Why did Massey join Open2Study? 3. What courses did Massey develop? 4. What did we learn from the experience?
    17. 17. Basicassumptions... FOMO Page 3 Professor Mark Brown
    18. 18. Basicassumptions... The rise of the MOOC is intertwined deeply with globalisation, the dominance of neoliberalism, the expansion of digital capitalism, and decline of influence of the nation-state.
    19. 19. 1. What is Open2Study? Page 3 Professor Mark Brown
    20. 20. 1. What is Open2Study?
    21. 21. 1. What is Open2Study? Page 3 Professor Mark Brown
    22. 22. 2. Why did Massey join Open2Study? • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students
    23. 23. 2. Why did Massey join Open2Study? • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner
    24. 24. 2. Why did Massey join Open2Study? • Enhance reputation • Profile signature platforms • Promote Massey to international students • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner • Help shape the digital platform and the learning design model • Learn from the experience – innovation
    25. 25. 3. What courses did Massey develop?
    26. 26. 3. What courses did Massey develop? Initially three online subjects… • Agriculture and the World Around Us • Emergency Management • Indigenous Cultures
    27. 27. 3. What courses did Massey develop?
    28. 28. 3. What courses did Massey develop?
    29. 29. 4. What did we learn from the experience?
    30. 30. 4. What did we learn from the experience?
    31. 31. 4. What did we learn from the experience?
    32. 32. 4. What did we learn from the experience?
    33. 33. Conclusion Professor Mark Brown 2013
    34. 34. Conclusion A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking (or ran out of time)
    35. 35. Conclusion
    36. 36. Conclusion
    37. 37. Conclusion Page 3 Professor Mark Brown
    38. 38. Contact details… Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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