The Design of Empowering and Inspirational Open Online Learning Experiences

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While conversations in the academic world and the mass media continue to focus on the benefits, challenges, opportunities, and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), emerging empirical evidence suggests that the realities of open online learning do not fully match the hopes of open online learning (Veletsianos, 2013). One reason that these hopes remain unrealized appears to be the belief that education is a product that can be packaged, automated, and delivered. This perspective allows for massiveness and efficient delivery, but fosters the development of digital learning environments that fail to engender empowering and inspirational learning experiences. In this presentation, I discussed what our research into open learning experiences reveals about inspiration and empowerment.

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The Design of Empowering and Inspirational Open Online Learning Experiences

  1. 1. The Design of Empowering and Inspirational Open Online Learning Experiences George Veletsianos, PhD Canada Research Chair, Associate Professor School of Education and Technology Royal Roads University
  2. 2. The fields associated with using technology in education have been enamored with effectiveness and efficiency
  3. 3. Certain aspects of MOOCs represent a continuity of the status quo
  4. 4. Designers and researchers should focus on the learner experience and strive to provide opportunities for inspiration & empowerment
  5. 5. The MOOC elicits strong feelings
  6. 6. The MOOC as a sociocultural phenomenon
  7. 7. Inspiration and Empowerment in open learning environments
  8. 8. Drawing from 3 studies
  9. 9. “It was the most empowering and most engaging learning experience I have had as an adult”
  10. 10. The role of the faculty member
  11. 11. Flexibility in traversing content
  12. 12. Pause
  13. 13. “I met some really great people that I am still in touch with now…we met in that horrible MOOC!”
  14. 14. Detecting moments of inspiration?
  15. 15. 4 closing remarks
  16. 16. Thank you! www.veletsianos.com www.veletsianos.com/publications @veletsianos on Twitter veletsianos at gmail.com
  17. 17. CC images appearing in this slideshow h"ps://flic.kr/p/95wiv3       h"ps://flic.kr/p/5ny9VT       h"ps://flic.kr/p/9YUoEm       h"ps://flic.kr/p/8xjtaf       h"ps://flic.kr/p/9cdEB6       h"ps://flic.kr/p/2eFLX2       h"ps://flic.kr/p/8xjtaf       h"ps://flic.kr/p/eVAP3K       h"ps://flic.kr/p/8FavpK       h"ps://flic.kr/p/4xYSqB       h"ps://flic.kr/p/8JM3YV       h"ps://flic.kr/p/7WQdpJ       h"ps://flic.kr/p/KEKro       h"ps://flic.kr/p/2x4Uk  

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