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?
- Simon Marginson, 'Online open education: yes, this is the game changer.', The Conversation online, 16 August 2012.
- Stephen King, 'MOOCs will mean the death of universities? Not likely.', The Conversation online, 28 August 2012.
- Jane Den Hollander, 'MOOCs: neither the death of the university nor a panacea for learning', The Conversation online, 1 August 2012.
What is the potential impact on pedagogy?
- Rod Lamberts and Will J Grant, 'Online education at the coalface: what academics need to know', The Conversation online, 18 October 2012.
How can universities address structural constraints, such as regulatory environments and cultural barriers to change?
- Jane Den Hollander, 'Online opportunities: digital innovation or death through regulation?', The Conversation online, 8 October 2012.
And what specific disciplinary challenges might academics in the humanities face?
- Ruth Morgan, 'Deadset? MOOCs and Australian education in a globalised world', The Conversation online, 16 October 2012.