Open On-line Courses at University of Pisa: an evolution?

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Lecture at meeting Science Dissemination and On-line Certification for All (ICTP, Trieste 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2013)

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Open On-line Courses at University of Pisa: an evolution?

  1. 1. Open On-line Courses at University of Pisa: an evolution? Enrica Salvatori - Trieste sept. 2013 lunedì 30 settembre 13
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  3. 3. Points • Could Pisa (Italian Universities) have MOOCs? • Why hasn’t it MOOCs yet? • Do we really want them? lunedì 30 settembre 13
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  6. 6. iTunes U Moodle Claroline iTunesU since 2011 Digital Culture Lab Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale Production line based on Apple software lunedì 30 settembre 13
  7. 7. Students as fundamental workforce Interdepartmental center Serious administrative obstacles lunedì 30 settembre 13
  8. 8. ToK 2013 National Meetings Top courses 1200 files 30.000 visits / month BUT trend down lunedì 30 settembre 13
  9. 9. ToK 2013 National Meetings Top courses 1200 files 30.000 visits / month BUT trend down lunedì 30 settembre 13
  10. 10. Problems: too few people at work not automated production lack of central strategy lack of administrative help about MOOCs: not widespread knowledge not widespread acceptance no money no incentives lunedì 30 settembre 13
  11. 11. Do we really need money? Yes, but less then expected * promo - € * lessons - self recording * postproduction - internship / € * teaching materials - self production & internship * tutor - internship / € * quiz/test - internship * platform & data entry - ITC office * administration ??? * comunication - PR lunedì 30 settembre 13
  12. 12. What do we really need? • a dedicated small team • incentives for teachers (non only money: hours of work, rating, awards) • a central strategy • key peolple inside each department • outside connections (a regional / national / european web of MOOCs?) lunedì 30 settembre 13
  13. 13. Do we really need MOOCs? YES if we want • Clever answer to the crisis (people) • Great opportunity to enhance culture, skils, knowledge among people • Clever answer to the crisis (Institution) BUT.. • Promotion of the Institution • Help for the “standard” students lunedì 30 settembre 13
  14. 14. Do we really want MOOCs? NOT if we want • defend our garden (as teacher, as department, as university) and the traditional vision of the Academy • put the (low) budget in the tradition • preserve traditional education • accept the power of bureaucracy inside the university lunedì 30 settembre 13
  15. 15. Can education be really massive and global? • huge numbers (effective education?) • huge numbers / students as numbers (distruptive innovation) • english based and USA rule (another blow to cultural diversity) • traditional universities and MOOCs are in natural competition (?) lunedì 30 settembre 13
  16. 16. Thanks lunedì 30 settembre 13

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