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Moodle in the Age of the MOOC: The DCU Open Academy Initiative

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Presentation at Ireland/United Kingdom Moodle Moot. London, 23rd March 2016

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Moodle in the Age of the MOOC: The DCU Open Academy Initiative

  1. 1. Moodle in the Age of the MOOC: The DCU Open Academy Initiative Mark BROWN, Eamon COSTELLO, Enda DONLON & Mairéad NIC GIOLLA MHICHÍL London 23rd March, 2016
  2. 2. National Institute for Digital Learning
  3. 3. Outline… 1. MOOC debate 2. MOOC platforms 3. DCU Open Academy
  4. 4. 1. MOOC debate
  5. 5. Image by @dkernohan 1. MOOC debate
  6. 6. Another colonialist tool? http://www.parlorpress.com/invasion_of_the_moocs 1. MOOC debate
  7. 7. • a type of marketing • an academic labor policy • a kind of entertainment media • an expression of Silicon Valley values • a financial policy for higher education MOOCs are… Peters, M. (2013). Massive Open Online Courses and Beyond: the Revolution to Come. Truthout, August 17 1. MOOC debate
  8. 8. 2. MOOC platforms
  9. 9. - Open2Study - ALISION - Moodle - EdX - OER universitas - Udemy - Iversity - OpenUpEd - FutureLearn Options… 2. MOOC platforms
  10. 10. Strong Pedagogical Community LowBrandAwareness HighBrandAwareness Weak Pedagogical Community 2. MOOC platforms
  11. 11. Strong Pedagogical Community LowBrandAwareness HighBrandAwareness Weak Pedagogical Community 2. MOOC platforms
  12. 12. • How technically fit for purpose is the platform? • How pedagogically fit for purpose is the platform? • How sustainable is the business model for the platform? • How confident are you in the sustainability of the platform? • How reputable are the partners associated with the platform? • How strong is the pedagogical community supporting innovation through the platform? Key questions… 2. MOOC platforms
  13. 13. Key Questions Future Learn Open 2Study Open UpEd Open EdX Moodle Udemy How technically fit for purpose is the platform? (3 x 3) = 9 (3 x 3) = 9 (0 x 3) = 0 (3 x 3) = 9 (2 x 3) = 6 (1 x 3) = 3 How pedagogically fit for purpose is the platform? (3 x 3) = 9 (3 x 3) = 9 (1 x 3) = 3 (3 x 3) = 9 (3 x 3) = 6 (1 x 3) = 3 How confident are you in the sustainability of the platform? (2 x 2) = 4 (1 x 2) = 2 (1 x 2) = 2 (1 x 2) = 2 (1 x 2) = 2 (1 x 2) = 2 How reputable are the partners associated with the platform? (3 x 3) = 9 (2 x 3) = 6 (2 x 3) = 6 (3 x 3) = 9 (1 x 3) = 3 (0 x 3) = 0 How strong is the pedagogical community supporting innovation through the platform? (3 x 3) = 9 (1 x 3) = 2 (2 x 3) = 6 (2 x 3) = 6 (2 x 3) = 6 (0 x 3) = 0 Total 2. MOOC platforms
  14. 14. 2. MOOC platforms
  15. 15. 3. DCU Open Academy
  16. 16. 3. DCU Open Academy
  17. 17. 3. DCU Open Academy
  18. 18. Part of Irish State’s National Commemorative Programme 2016 3. DCU Open Academy
  19. 19. • Part-Funded ‘Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’ • Fiontar – multi-disciplinary Irish Medium Academic School 3. DCU Open Academy
  20. 20. Aimed at Global Irish Diaspora Tweets in Irish - #Gaeilge 3. DCU Open Academy
  21. 21. 3. DCU Open Academy
  22. 22. 3. DCU Open Academy
  23. 23. 3. DCU Open Academy
  24. 24. 3. DCU Open Academy
  25. 25. 3. DCU Open Academy
  26. 26. Conclusion • Ecology of innovation • Shaping platform development • Part of wider strategic investment Finally…
  27. 27. Conclusion The DCU Open Academy and Irish 101 will be launched as soon as we have a Minister…
  28. 28. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz mairead.nicgiollamhichil@dcu.ie
  29. 29. Go raibh maith agaibh!

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