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eLearning Community Event: MOOCs at the Open University: past, present and future

13 March 2013

Location: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

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Lynda Davies
14 February 2013

The March eLC event, MOOCs at the Open University: past, present and future, will take place on Wednesday 13th March 2013 in the Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, from 10:00 to 12:30.  This event will look at the OU’s experience of offering MOOCs and will include a presentation on the OU-led FutureLearn initiative. 

The event takes place during Open Education Week and will be streamed live to an international audience. The live recording of the event will also be made available openly outside the university on Stadium Live. This link will become live just prior to the start of the event.

As always, we aim to stick to time, so please feel free to drop in and out according to your availability and interest.  

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

Information about this and other eLC events, together with slides, notes and/or recordings of previous events can be found on Cloudworks and the Knowledge Network

The webcast will be available shortly after the event via this Stadium link.

Date: 13 March 2013 

Time: 10:00 - 12:30 

Location: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 

Programme details: 

10:00 – Presenter: Martin Weller (IET)

Title: MOOCs - the future of education or old wine in new bottles?

Abstract: 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 )

Title: OLDS MOOC: design, evaluation and badges

Abstract: 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  (FELS) and Bea de los Arcos (IET)

Title: The Open Translation MOOC

Abstract: 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)

Title:  FutureLearn, the story so far

Abstract: 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

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Briar Jamieson
8:09pm 7 March 2013

Hello, will try to join the event remotely.  Can you share the link to the streamed event.  Thank you very much.


Lynda Davies
2:33pm 8 March 2013 (Edited 10:34am 13 March 2013)

Hello Briar

Yes, you can share the link to the streamed event whether within the OU or externally. See Stadium Live in the detail above.


Joshua Underwood
9:57am 13 March 2013

Is there a twitter tag for this event? Currently got image but no sound from the live stream?

Yishay Mor
10:03am 13 March 2013

shall we use #elcmoocs?

Lynda Davies
10:37am 13 March 2013 (Edited 10:39am 13 March 2013)

This link becomes live just prior to the event.


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