As others have noted – most recently Bon Stewart in her Inside Higher Ed article – everyone seems to be jumping on the MOOC bandwagon at an alarming rate.
This week the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK ) has jumped on it with a webinar entitled
What is a MOOC – JISC Webinar 11-07-12
Four speakers were invited. Here is the programme and here is the recording
12.00 Definitions of MOOCs (Martin Weller)
12.10 Tutor perspective (Jonathan Worth)
12.20 Learner perspective (Lou McGill)
12.30 MOOCs and online learning (David White)
Martin Weller presented a useful overview of the history of MOOCs and some thoughtful ideas about the benefits of MOOCs and the associated concerns in …What is a scholar?
George has posted a recording of his presentation to his blog and it is worth listening to. (See also – http://change.mooc.ca/recordings.htm) Another very interesting part of this presentation was the chat that it provoked. This focused on the question on ‘what is a scholar?’ a question that novice academics must surely think about. I have pulled together some of the key ideas and questions that came out of this chat. I’m not going to try and identify those responsible for each comment – but these …Scholars’ participation and practices online
This is the title of George Veletsianos’ talk to Week 33 of ChangeMooc. George is asking questions which are directly relevant to the Moocthat I am planning with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University– George Roberts, Marion Waite, Liz Lovegrove, Joe Rosa, and Sylvia Currie from British Columbia.
I like the way George has related his post to ChangeMooc to previous speakers in ChangeMooc – Howard Rheingold in Week 15, Tom Reeves in Week 23and Martin Weller in Week 3. It seems that there is a growing awareness of the issues he is raising, namely:
What are the opportunities and difficulties, for scholars, associated with open sharing of knowledge and practice?
In our …Questions to ask when planning a MOOC
The task that has been set by Stephen Downes in Week 25 of ChangeMooc, is to create and present an artifact, which answers the three questions below.
Since I am currently working on planning a new MOOC (massive open online course) – First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, May 21st– June 22nd – I thought I would focus on this as a response to this task (this is called ‘killing two birds with one stone’!), although I suspect that this is not quite the kind of artifact that Stephen had in mind But taking my autonomy into my own hands – here it is with the questions and my answers …A New MOOC for May/June – First Steps into Teaching in FE/HE
I have been invited to work with the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Developmentto develop a short MOOC (4-6 weeks) for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waiteand George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it here – http://ocsld.brookesblogs.net/
This is an exciting project and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team. Oxford Brookes University has an international reputation for its Staff and Educational Development courses. The development of the MOOC is being supported by funding from the JISC Open Educational Resources Programme, Phase 3, PG Cert Development Strand. We received notification of the funding in the middle …