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MOOCs - how to live with them and love them


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Keynote address at Innovation in Tertiary Education Services 2014 conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 5th May 2014.

Discusses how MOOCs are stimulating a climate of innovation and change in education online, shows case studies of innovative teaching formats in a range of Universities and Community Colleges.

Argues that MOOCs are performing at plateau of stable expectations, and that their greatest impact is a set of invigorated conversations around cost, access, quality and delivery of education.

Compares two interdisciplinary courses, one a blended/hybrid course at Harrisburg Community Colleges, and one offered later as a MOOC at UC Irvine, both using topic of Zombies as a vehicle.

Concludes that MOOCs have unleashed an innovative set of approaches across HE (rather than being in them selves innovative). Schools focussed on classroom delivery have an opportunity to re-invent what they do. Elite institutions can use the MOOC as an intermediary format for delivering their content across multiple formats

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MOOCs - how to live with them and love them

  1. 1. MOOCs - how to live with them and love them STEPHEN HAGGARD Auckland NZ, 6 May 2014, Innovation in Tertiary Education Summit Please tweet questions and comment during this talk @stephendh #ITES14
  2. 2. MOOCs do change HE delivery... ….but not in the ways we were expecting
  3. 3. WHAT’S INNOVATIVE ABOUT MOOCS ? massive open online course not significantly innovative a new kind of conversation about cost, access, quality, delivery significant innovation
  4. 4. hype cycle
  5. 5. Stanford Online - 2013 in review
  6. 6. 3 cost lessons from MOOCs MOOC-type scalable pedagogies: 1. apparently reduce course price (thanks, Marketing) 2. probably reduce course costs (Georgia Tech $7K Masters or SJSU EdX ?) 3. definitely help us talk about value
  7. 7. Value problems are toxic students’ priorities for university spending Data: Equifax/CCS Higher Education Policy Inst
  8. 8. Cost becomes a defining feature University of Pennsylvania / New Republic Daily Sample: 35,000 MOOC students
  9. 9. 2 MOOC access lessons
  10. 10. Access is up for challenge University of Pennsylvania / New Republic Daily. Sample: 35,000 MOOC students
  11. 11. 1 MOOC quality lesson Quality is relative & is perceived clearly throughout the system Christian Guellerin, Directeur L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique “ I have no chance of putting together a better MOOC than Stanford and Tim Brown has done on Design Thinking”
  12. 12. n MOOC delivery lessons Online is the new normal • Traditional delivery reduces success in STEM • Univ Illinois Springfield 45% credit hours online Florida is the future • Senior HS mandatory 25% fully online courses • FLVC catalog: “cross-institutional access to online teaching” Delivery mode innovation is in (no thanks to MOOCs)
  13. 13. Which innovative maths MOOC ?  No-charge course materials and tools  Mandatory peer review of all assignments  Submit graphs online by google draw  Instruction in youtube video  Assessment by peer-reviewing comments
  14. 14. The Florida challenge Minorities > 60% Pell Grant recipients >50% Vocational/technical qualifications >25% Lowest tuition fees in State Top 10% of State for passing and employment
  15. 15. MOOCs do change HE delivery... ….but not in the ways we were expecting
  16. 16. What do you do ? ● Watch video: lectures and clips of “The Walking Dead” or cast interviews ● Read stuff ● Discuss in structured forums ● 10-question quiz ● Open course forum
  17. 17. What happened ? 65,000 enrollments 12,000 SURVEYS 90% new to MOOC 41% new to online learning 55% interested in other online multidisciplinary courses 80% spent >1hr/week
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  19. 19. The original zombie course…. Gianluca Ramalho Misiti CC
  20. 20. Harrisburg Area Community College 75 students 3 terms accelerated degree program interdisciplinary course: psychology, microbiology, philosophy, administration Blended/hybrid pedagogy Online news widget link to online lectures itunes podcasts chat, boards, panels, skypes, roleplay etc Assessed - Blooms higher skills framework: essay, graded discussion, group task, exam, project Completion - 100% Open - 8 lectures on itunes
  21. 21. bifurcation high-touch residential low-touch class delivery ● job readiness ● updating ● credentialling
  22. 22. Daniel McFarlane, Stanford Organizational Analysis MOOC Three incarnations
  23. 23. Thank you (OK, I didn’t cover MOOCs’ completion rates business models accreditation quality problems & copyright) @stephendh