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What are MOOCs? History, pedgagoy, myths and media, University of Newcastle, 15.3.13

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Transcript of What are MOOCs? History, pedgagoy, myths and media, University of Newcastle, 15.3.13

So what are MOOCs?
History, pedagogy, myths and media

Sheila MacNeill

The education system is broken

The HE bubble

There’s gold in them there MOOCs
The Myths
“They grow hairs on your chest and improve your eyesight !

“will bring world peace, end poverty and stop people reading the Daily Mail.”

“That they use open educational resources”

“xMOOCs work.”

“That they *are* open educational resources!”

That they are a good way of showcasing an institution's existing educational provision.”

that they single handed lay make Bob Geldof an Bono obsolete

“I heard that MOOCS shot JR.”
The Myths

“xMOOCs where you watch videos, cMOOCs where you make videos”
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for The Digital Age, George Siemens http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm

“Connectivism is a theory of learning which emphasizes the role of the social and cultural context . . . Central to connectivism is the relationship between work experience, learning and knowledge, as expressed in the concept of ‘connectivity, thus the root of the theory's name.”
Image by Michael Feldstein, http://mfeldstein.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/EvolutionCombine20120702.jpg
theideaslab.wordpress.com -
Massive – Does that matter? Is massive necessary and integral?
Open – many interpretations of open
Online – probably only thing not going to change
Courses – or experiences?
So what are MOOCs?
Image: M. Branson Smith
Image: Alan Levine
“in 50 years there will be only ten universities left in the world.”

“opening new opportunities for the agile, and threatening doom for the laggard and mediocre.”

“The cost of the courses can be spread over huge numbers of students.”

“wholesale bankruptcies over the next decade among standard universities.”

“dropping indifferent lecturing or teaching to concentrate on something else, such as brilliantly set and marked examinations”
The Myths
Image: David Kernohan
Rhizomatic Learning (Dave Cormier) http://davecormier.com/edblog/2011/11/05/rhizomatic-learning-why-learn/

Nodes, networks, community as curriculum
MOOCs and Open Education, Implications for Higher Education, Li Yuan & Stephen Powell (http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/2013/667)
Image: Giulia Forsythe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/7549370822/
Image: Giulia Forsythe
Image: :Vivien Rolfe

Stephen Downes: http://halfanhour.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/sustainability-and-moocs-in-historical.html
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