CLIPP is happy to invite you to a seminar on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The presenter, Professor Curtis Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology in the School of Education at Indiana University. Professor Bonk firmly believes in distance and blened learning since he is a product of it. Curt is a popular conference speaker with several books in the area of emerging technologies for learning. The seminar will be taking place at Aston University, Birmingham in G11 the Byng Kendrick Theatre on Monday 28th January 2013 from 10:30-12:30. Please book your place by contacting Zara Kendrick.
Open education was often laughed at or ignored until the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with their tens–or even hundreds–of thousands of learners in a single course. Given the mass success of Stanford courses topping 100,000 each and startups like Udacity and Coursera as well as the announcement of edX (from Harvard and MIT), we can no longer look the other way. Still, many questions about MOOCs and other forms of open education remain, such as those related to infrastructure, marketing, pedagogy, and assessment, to name a few. Just how does an instructor or trainer keep thousands of students motivated and involved in such a course? And what are the more promising business models? In this talk, Bonk will detail his experiences in teaching a MOOC and offer guidelines for others hoping to create a highly engaging MOOC-based learning environment. A set of 10 key leadership steps and another set of 10 pedagogical principles will be outlined with examples. He will also map out a set of business plans and more than a dozen types of MOOCs. In the end, MOOCs and mass movement to open education will no longer be such mystery.
Three Overview Points:
1. Much experimentation with MOOCs and open education today; dozens of possible business models (advertisements, fees for completion certificates, pay as you go, company sponsored courses, assessment fees, etc.).
2. Will the certificates that students earn while taking MOOCs make traditional college degrees obsolete?
3. What steps might a company, government agency, or university take to be a leader in this movement toward MOOCs and open education?