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MOOCs at the Open University: past, present and future

This event took place on 13th March 2013 at 10:00am (10:00 GMT)

This event looked at the OU’s experience of offering MOOCs and will include a presentation on the OU-led FutureLearn initiative. This event took place during Open Education Week

10:00– Presenter: Martin Weller (IET)  MOOCs - the future of education or old wine in new bottles? This talk will look at the history of MOOCs, and explore their potential, the issues that surround them and draw on the experience of opening up part of IET's MA as a MOOC.

10:30Presenters: Simon Cross and Yishay Mor (IET ) OLDS MOOC: design, evaluation and badges. The Open Learning Design Studio MOOC 'Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum' was funded by JISC as part of a benefits realisation programme and is intended to build on the success of the Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) and other JISC funded curriculum design and delivery projects. The structure of the MOOC reflects a proposed process for a design inquiry project. In such a process, designers identify a (learning/curriculum) design challenge, explore it to gain an understanding of its context and driving forces, generate possible solutions, implement a solution and reflect on the process as a whole and its outputs. In this talk we will give a quick overview of the MOOC design and presentation, and focus on initial outcomes from our evaluation and the badging strategy we implemented. 

11:00: – Coffee Break 

11:15Presenters: Tita Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, Mirjam Hauck, Tim Lewis and Bea de los Arcos The Open Translation MOOC. This talk describes the design and first presentation of an open online course in Open Translation offered to nearly 300 participants in the autumn of 2012. The course explored the potential of open translation tools for enabling communities to transcend the linguistic barriers that might limit access to and reusability of Open Educational Resources. Data from pre- and post-course surveys is used to understand the motivation and expectations of participants and their evaluation of this experience.

11:45 - Presenter:  Mike Sharples (IET) FutureLearn, the story so far. I shall give an overview of the development of the Futurelearn proposition from the perspective of Lead Academic. The talk will cover the need for a new MOOC platform, its design principles and pedagogy. Futurelearn is actively building on more than 40 years of OU expertise in design and delivery of supported open learning. This is not simply re-purposing existing OU methods and content. The challenge is to create an engaging platform that enables innovative methods of learning from a diverse set of courses, while supporting large-scale participation. The talk will describe how the Futurelearn team is addressing this challenge through a process of iterative pedagogy-informed design and testing.

12:30- Close

If you plan to attend, have any queries or wish to suggest a future event, please email IET-ELC-Admin.

Select from replays below:

10:00 am MOOCs Part 1
11:15 am MOOCs Part 2

The webcast was open to 200 users