Monday, February 4, 2013

2012 in Review: MOOCs - optimism or apocalypse? (Week 5)

When: Friday 26 October 2012, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Where: Arts 1.33 / CHE Seminar Room

It seems like everyone's talking about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)! You may have heard that UWA will be offering three free online courses in 2013.  But just what is a MOOC and what impact might they have on higher education? We met to discuss and cut through the hype.

There has been so much written about MOOCs lately it was hard to know where to start but The Conversation's recent series 'The Future of Higher Education'  was a great place to begin. We discussed a range of viewpoints surrounding the impact of online learning on Australian universities.

Are MOOCs cause for optimism or apocalypse?

What is the potential impact on pedagogy?

How can universities address structural constraints, such as regulatory environments and cultural barriers to change?

And what specific disciplinary challenges might academics in the humanities face?

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