MOOCS IN EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TEACHER DEVELOPMENT: POSSIBILITIES AND POTENTIAL
Tara McIlroy, Brian Morrison, and Craig Manning
Kanda University of International Studies, University of Shimane
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed from the tradition of distance learning, and have been growing in popularity in recent years. As a new and exciting area of education, the potential of MOOCs to transform education through distance, paperless technology has been a discussion point for educators in a variety of fields. In this panel discussion three speakers will give different perspectives on using MOOCs in educational contexts in Japan. First, Craig Manning will talk about a collaborative project in 2013 in which he participated in a MOOC alongside a group of language learners. Next, Brian Morrison will outline a self-directed language learning module where students have recently chosen MOOCs to meet their goals, and discuss the further potential where MOOCs deliver knowledge and skill development as preparation for study abroad, as well as ways that students could be supported with this. Tara McIlroy will talk about participating in MOOCs for professional teacher development. All three presenters will relate their ideas to the themes of possibility and potential, while considering practical issues for language learners and educators. There will be opportunities for Q & A and discussion after each presentation, and at the end of the talk.