MOOCs: What's with the hype?

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Published on March 19, 2014

Author: samwisemoss



This session was delivered to staff at the Mountbatten Library at Southampton Solent University. It was a 'show and tell' talk that gave an overview of MOOCs and their benefits to those taking them.

All images are from Clipart except those that are screen grabs.

MOOCs: What’s with the Hype? Sam Taylor Learning Technologist

What are MOOCs? M Massive O Open O Online C Course 100s 1,000s 10,000s 100,000s ? Free to anyone Delivered via the internet - Set course of study - Structured activities - Supported by lecturer Many sign up – very few actually ‘complete’ Need to create an account Some apps available for offline delivery Activities dependent on type of MOOC

Types of MOOCs cMOOC: • These courses follow the ‘connectivist’ approach to learning (mainly via peers), but facilitated by a lecturer. • Find answers to questions by connecting with the participants on the course and making and sharing your own conclusions. • These courses often rely on Open Source software and social media to deliver and develop content.

Types of MOOCs xMOOC: • Content is delivered via a strict course structure on a specific platform consisting mainly of video lectures followed by an activity/quiz. • This model is similar to traditional methods of teaching (sage on the stage). • Very popular format – involves very little collaboration with peers

Who ‘MOOCs’? • Tricky question! Not who you think ;) • Marketing tool? – Many already have degrees and postgrad degrees – ‘Hobby learners’ – Career development seekers • Pastoral support? • Library access…?

Virtual Teacher MOOC #2

Why do a MOOC? Continued Professional Development Personal Development Explore something new that interests you Experience online learning Connect with like-minded people Why not?

Share online: Blow your own trumpet!

A free education online: too good to be true? “The promise: free education for all. The reality: the well-educated elite tweak their qualifications. When universities began offering Moocs – free online courses open to all – the idea was that people in developing countries would get access to the best teachers in the world. But so far the typical learner is educated, affluent and living in the global north.” Watch the video debate: Source: 6/3/2014

Popular platforms  Ed.X  Open2Study  FutureLearn  Saylor  Coursera  Udacity  iVersity  Alison  Academic Earth

Take a look!

Links to resources: • Hyperlinked Library MOOC • ALCTS Webinar Series: Libraries and MOOCs • What do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs? • Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries

Thank you! Sam Taylor (ext: 3290) • • • Twitter: @samwisefox Free seminars, sessions & opportunities:  Technology Enhanced Community of Practice (go!)  1hr Wonders of Educational Technology (go!)  Learning Technologies training (go!)  Teaching & Learning Portal pages (go!)  Learning with (go!)

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