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SJSU MOOC Conference Keynote June 5


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  • Level-headed voices are rare when it comes to MOOCs. Thanks for the wider view and statistics.

    Critics point to the high non-completion rate for MOOCs without examining students' failure to complete traditional classes and paid online classes, and I think the discussion changes when broader statistics are considered.
    Who says a student who participates in a MOOC does not benefit, possibly in significant ways?
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  • very interesting (US) info may be also ready for the older Europe and the much slower Italy. Taking piks for thought:

    - non traditional students are the new 'normal'

    - emerging technologies are shaping higher education (online hybrid collaborative learning in particular)

    - student=consumer =>> student=creator

    Many questions: critically expressed.

    One only answer (and I liked it very much) that I have to quote: «we can't do this alone: big problems require ... all of us working together to help forge a new path forward»
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SJSU MOOC Conference Keynote June 5

  1. Are MOOCs the answer? What is the question? Yvonne Belanger MOOCs in STEM: Exploring new educational technologies June 5 – 6, 2014 San Jose State University
  2. Overview • The Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy • How did we (collectively) get here? The forces shaping higher education • Questions about MOOCs – ours and yours
  3. POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS An Overview of Our Education Strategy
  4. THE CHANGING FACE OF HIGHER EDUCATION © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 6 “Nontraditional” college students are the new normal.
  5. A COMPLETION CRISIS © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 8 College graduation rates are even worse for low-income students. Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
  6. EDUCATION EQUALS EMPLOYMENT © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 9 There is a relationship between college education and social mobility. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey
  7. The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
  8. COLLEGE TUITION IS STEADILY RISING © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 11 Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  9. DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 12 Students are burdened with more college debt but often not graduating. Source: Project on Student Debt
  10. Higher education isn’t the only thing changing… The internet in real time
  11. Emerging technologies are shaping higher education… Trends over the next 2 years… • Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning • Growing Ubiquity of Social Media Trends over the next 3-5 years… • The Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators • The Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment NMC, 2014 Horizon Report
  12. Strong forces are changing the higher education landscape Rising tuition Rising student debt Declining public investment Demographic shifts Changing faculty Globalization Emerging technologies Big data Cloud Computing Networked video Something new we haven’t seen yet…
  13. A Perfect Storm for Higher Ed?
  14. Flying into the storm
  15. Led by your curiousity… How can I make my course more engaging without sacrificing rigor? Can we build digital tools that leverage cognitive science principles and enhance retention? Can we use learning analytics to create a more efficient learning path for students? Can MOOCs support interdisciplinary cross- campus programs of study? Could MOOCs help us reimagine STEM educator recruitment, training and professional development? Can MOOCs improve face to face and remote laboratory learning?Does flipping the class using MOOCs increase student satisfaction? What types of online learning experiences are most effective at increasing learning motivation? How can MOOCs engage learners with little or no college experience in STEM?
  16. Inspired by MOOCs to explore and experiment… How can we leverage technologies and content from MOOCs to improve instruction for students whose habits have been shaped by the networked digital age? What are the key indicators of student success in different delivery formats (online, hybrid and face to face)? Can MOOCs be leveraged to close achievement gaps for women and URMs in STEM introductory courses? Do MOOCs offer opportunities to promote and increase flexibility in instructor-student interaction? What does it take to flip a class using a MOOC? Does flipping the class with MOOCs increase student satisfaction? What happens when you convert a not-for-credit MOOC into a for credit course? Can MOOCs help us build learning communities of current and future STEM faculty to spread evidence-based high impact teaching practices?
  17. We’ve been curious also… MOOC Research Initiative Reports available Monday at Ithaka S+R study of MOOCs in Maryland
  18. What is a MOOC?
  19. How can we raise the level of the conversation and engage faculty?
  20. Can MOOCs help diverse population of undergraduate learners?
  21. HOW WILL UNIVERSITIES TRANSFORM TO LEVERAGE A NETWORKED DIGITAL VIDEO WORLD? Image credit: Boston Globe, May 18, 2014 Image credit: Temple University
  22. N How will faculty roles evolve in the digital age? Mohammed Noor (left) and Roger Barr (right), faculty at Duke University
  23. Can new technologies broaden access to lifelong learning opportunities? Zeke Emmanuel, University of Pennsylvania
  24. How will industry use MOOCs?
  25. Is a balanced view emerging? Irrational exuberance Fear and loathing
  26. Can faculty-driven innovation chart a path through the perfect storm? Image credit:
  27. FOLLOW US @Dan_Greenstein BillandMelindaGatesFoundation @ybelanger @GatesEd © 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 32