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MOOCs Part 2

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


11:15– Presenters: 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.

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