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Thinking Strategically About MOOCs: Developing an Institutional Response

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Presentation at e-Learning Africa Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 26th May 2016

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Thinking Strategically About MOOCs: Developing an Institutional Response

  1. 1. Thinking Strategically About MOOCs: Developing an Institutional Response Mark BROWN, Eamon COSTELLO, Deirdre BUTLER, Enda DONLON & Mairéad NIC GIOLLA MHICHÍL Cairo, Egypt 26th May, 2016
  2. 2. National Institute for Digital Learning • DCU Connected • Teaching Enhancement • Digital Learning Research
  3. 3. Outline… 1. MOOC debate 2. Strategic Response 3. DCU Open Academy Outline…
  4. 4. 1. MOOC debate
  5. 5. http://www.parlorpress.com/invasion_of_the_moocs 1. MOOC debate
  6. 6. http://www.portlandpresspublishing.com/content/wenner-gren-international-series-volume-88 1. MOOC debate
  7. 7. 1. MOOC debate http://www.portlandpresspublishing.com/sites/default/files/Editorial/Wenner/PPL_Wenner_Ch03.pdf
  8. 8. 1. MOOC debate Gartner Hype Cycle MOOCs
  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. MOOC debate 75% English Language
  10. 10. “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Amara’s Law 1. MOOC debate
  11. 11. 2. Strategic Response
  12. 12. Jensen, D., & Schuwer, R. (2015). Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe: Status report based on a mapping survey conducted in October – December 2014. 2. Strategic Response
  13. 13. Gap in the Literature 2. Strategic Response
  14. 14. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55). 2. Strategic Response
  15. 15. http://www.eden-online.org/blog/?p=220 2. Strategic Response
  16. 16. 2. Strategic Response
  17. 17. - ALISION - EdX - Udemy - Iversity - OpenUpEd - Open2Study - OER universitas - FutureLearn - Moodle Options… 2. Strategic Response
  18. 18. Strong Pedagogical Community LowBrandAwareness HighBrandAwareness Weak Pedagogical Community 2. Strategic Response
  19. 19. Strong Pedagogical Community LowBrandAwareness HighBrandAwareness Weak Pedagogical Community 2. Strategic Response
  20. 20. Open to Shaping Closed to Shaping WeakLearningDesign StrongLearningDesign 2. Strategic Response
  21. 21. Open to Shaping Closed to Shaping 2. Strategic Response WeakLearningDesign StrongLearningDesign
  22. 22. • 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. Strategic Response
  23. 23. 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) = 4 (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. Strategic Response
  24. 24. 2. Strategic Response http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2151
  25. 25. 3. DCU Open Academy
  26. 26. 3. DCU Open Academy http://connected.dcu.ie
  27. 27. 3. DCU Open Academy http://www.downes.ca/post/65331
  28. 28. 3. DCU Open Academy
  29. 29. 3. DCU Open Academy
  30. 30. 3. DCU Open Academy
  31. 31. 3. DCU Open Academy
  32. 32. http://studentsuccess.ie/ 3. DCU Open Academy
  33. 33. Am I Ready for Study? 3. DCU Open Academy
  34. 34. Am I Ready for Study? 3. DCU Open Academy
  35. 35. Am I Ready for Study? 3. DCU Open Academy
  36. 36. 3. DCU Open Academy Do I have Enough Time?
  37. 37. Do I have Enough Time? 3. DCU Open Academy
  38. 38. Conclusion • Understand your drivers • Foster an innovation ecology • Part of wider strategic investment In sum…
  39. 39. “MOOCs should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011). Conclusion
  40. 40. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  41. 41. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  42. 42. Go raibh maith agaibh!

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