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An outline of the SPCO - next generation MOOC

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  • The first challenge was to find a consistent definition!
  • SPOCs

    1. 1. SPOCs Its education but not as we knew it......
    2. 2. Varying definitions Saxon ...... open online course
    3. 3. Social... • Spalding (2013)positions this as an attempt to move the emphasis away from a pure replication of the traditional course • Stresses the benefits of being more responsive to learner needs • Emphasis on the open as in open ended i.e. being driven by the community and following their interests
    4. 4. Small Walker queries the sustainability of the MOOC and suggests that small is the way forward i.e. limiting the numbers
    5. 5. Selective • Definition adopted by Harvard and UCBerkeley • Example The architectural Imagery • Anyone can apply but acceptance is selective to limit numbers • “Still free and delivered through the internet, but access is restricted to much smaller numbers” (Coughlan)
    6. 6. Specialised • Here the emphasis is on utilising the SOOC as a means of advertising and brand profiling. • Specialised OOCs focus on what an institution does best or maximise the capability of its staff or resources where they have a particular strength.
    7. 7. Why? Addressing some of the 3 key issues impacting on MOOCs Low level of active participation Low retention Variable student background Peer support enhanced through a more selective community of learners who are committed to the SOOC Leads to greater participation Suggestion made in Shimabukoro (2013) that one possibility is a two phase selection – all could start but progress beyond a certain point is dependant on contribution Ensure through selection process that participants are ready and able to participate and contribute
    8. 8. Other claims? • A natural evolution of the MOOC • Enables sustainability
    9. 9. References • Spalding, P (2013) ‘Death of MOOCS, Rise of SOOCs? A Passing Fad?’, Cambolc Blogspot, May 2013 [online]. Available at www.cambolc.blogspot.com/2013/05/deathof-moocs-rise-of-soocs (Accessed 9 October 2013 • Chaosbook.blogspot.com/2012/09/foundatio nsal-soocs-specialised-open.html

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