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MOOC: Why would you want to?

Presentation to the University of Liverpool

Christine Sinclair

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of MOOC: Why would you want to?

Massive Open Online Course
Why would you want to?
What is a MOOC?
The institution's reasons
The students' reasons
The team's reasons
No prerequisites
Fully online
Prestigious universities

and more…
Exploration of space
Teaching at scale
Research and scholarship
Reputation - early adopter of educational technology
Exploration of a new pedagogical space to inform practice
Wish to reach as widely as we can with our courses
Sharing experiences with peer universities

Professor Jeff Hayward, Vice Principal
Why would you want to?
Christine Sinclair
University of Edinburgh

Lecturer (and former student) on
MSc in Digital Education
Stephen Downes
In 2008, Dave Cormier
coined the term MOOC to describe CCK08 - the Connectivism & Connective Knowledge course run by …
George Siemens
EDC MOOC Week 1 Hangout
Image: James Cridland, Flickr
Ary's sliderocket explains pre-course activities - entirely organised by prospective students
"How EDCMOOC became a cMOOC before it even began"
Ary Aranguiz, student
Image: Cikgu Brian
Sebastian Thrun
For profit
Not for profit
MITx > HarvardX > EdX
Andrew Ng & Daphne Koller
Google hangout
Who were our students?
Massive - groups within the massive?
Open - only if you sign up?
Online - or are people blending?
Course - or happening?
Why would you want to?
Why would you want to?
What happened on EDCMOOC?
Massive Open Online Course
"Learning is the creation and removal of connections between the entities, or the adjustment of the strengths of those connections. " Stephen Downes

Opened up his AI course to 160,000 students.

"In my entire life of education I didn't have as much an impact on people as I had in these two months."
Being a Coursera Partner

Commitment over a set period, e.g. three years
Legal implications, complex contracts
Negotiations at a very senior level
High quality video recordings expected
Quality assurance commitment
Staffing - instructors and teaching assistants
c42,000 enrolled users
c5,000 active by week 4
60% female; 40% male
36% aged 25-34 years
60% employed in education
61% have a PG degree
"Where are the videos?"
over 18,000 tweets
4,820 in student Facebook group
915 blogs pulled into EDCMOOC News
Plug-in to aggregate blogs
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