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The Irish Online Learning Landscape: A Critical Tour Through the Valley of the Shadow of the MOOC

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Paper presented at European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) Research Workshop, Oldenburg, Germany, 6th October

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The Irish Online Learning Landscape: A Critical Tour Through the Valley of the Shadow of the MOOC

  1. 1. The Irish Online Learning Landscape: A Critical Tour Through the Valley of the Shadow of the MOOC Mark BROWN, Eamon COSTELLO & Mairead NIC GIOLLA-MHICHIL EDEN Research Workshop Oldenburg, Germany 6th October, 2016 Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  2. 2. • Macro-level perspective • Meso-level perspective • Micro-level perspective The Irish Online Learning Landscape: A Critical Tour Through the Valley of the Shadow of the MOOC Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  3. 3. “The MOOC movement is not on an independent trajectory, but rather entwined within a complex constellation of social, technological and educational change” (Brown, 2016, p.31). Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  4. 4. http://www.portlandpresspublishing.com/content/wenner-gren-international-series-volume-88 Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  5. 5. Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  6. 6. “It is theory that decides what we can observe”
  7. 7. Mark Brown, 2016 • Open Learning • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • TWO MAJOR WOLRDVIEWS Knowledge Economy
  8. 8. “Frankly, all the computers and software and Internet connections in the world won’t do much good if young people don’t understand that access to new technology means… access to the new economy” (President Bill Clinton; cited in Cuban, 2001, p.18).
  9. 9. Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 • Open Learning • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • TWO MAJOR WOLRDVIEWS Knowledge Economy
  10. 10. “Higher education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal...” The President said “…the role of the university in enabling citizens to develop the tools to address the great challenges of our time – global poverty, climate change and sustainability – was vital.
  11. 11. Global Attitudes Project, Pew Research, 2011 http://www.pewglobal.org/2011/11/17/the-american-western-european-values-gap/ The American-Western European Values Gap
  12. 12. Different interest groups and stakeholders borrow the same ‘language of persuasion’ to legitimize their own agenda
  13. 13. ReschoolingReproducing Mark Brown, 2016 • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Education as commodity • Increased market competition • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage • Open Learning • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • Knowledge Economy Learning Society TWO MAJOR WOLRDVIEWS
  14. 14. Education as Commodity
  15. 15. Deschooling ReschoolingReproducing Mark Brown, 2016 • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Education as commodity • Increased market competition • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage • Unbundling • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways • Open Learning • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • Learning Society TWO MAJOR WOLRDVIEWS Knowledge Economy
  16. 16. Opening Access
  17. 17. Unbundling
  18. 18. Unbundling
  19. 19. Micro Credentials
  20. 20. Micro Credentials
  21. 21. New Learning Pathways
  22. 22. New Learning Pathways
  23. 23. ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing Mark Brown, 2016 • Open Learning • Online Learning • Anytime Anywhere Learning eLearning • Digital Learning • Technology-enhanced Learning • • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Sustainable development • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Education as commodity • Increased market competition • Sifting agent • Human capital • Social cohension • Cultural heritage • Unbundling • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways Learning Society TWO MAJOR WOLRDVIEWS Knowledge Economy
  24. 24. LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Digital Capability Digital Inclusion Digital Citizenship RECONCEPTUALIST FRAMEWORK Fundamental Principles for Reshaping Education (Delors Report, 1972)
  25. 25. How well is Europe doing?
  26. 26. FOMO
  27. 27. Restrictive Funding Model 2.7%
  28. 28. “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) In response…
  29. 29. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55).
  30. 30. http://www.dcu.ie/academy
  31. 31. http://www.dcu.ie/academy
  32. 32. http://www.dcu.ie/academy
  33. 33. Conclusion
  34. 34. Conclusion • Different lenses • Not on independent trajectory • Must keep sight of the big ideas
  35. 35. Online Learning
  36. 36. Go raibh maith agaibh!
  37. 37. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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