Posted Februar 12, 2014on:
EMOOCs2014 was a great conference and EPFL in Lausanne a suitable place (two sunny days!) – and it’s fun how we love to meet each other in times of MOOCs.
My reflection on the conference is personal and restrained by my disability to be in four tracks at the same time …
In the opening keynote Patrick Aebischer shared EPFL’s experiences with MOOCs. He concluded that the application of flipped classroom concepts is still an issue, that MOOCs are no alternative to f2f teaching and that he is thinking about integrating MOOCs into the local curricula and using blended scenarios because students need credits.
In the Research Track I was excited by Helen Crump’s and Paige Cuffe’s presentation about „Signals of success and Self-Directed Learning“. She stated that „defining success in the MOOC is not easy“, that „learning is personal“ and „success is a personal construct“. On Monday there was a lot of discussion about dropouts, that registration doesn’t mean a lot and that instead of caring about dropouts we should focus on the learners who continue with the MOOC.
In „Scaffolding Self-Learning in MOOCs“ Israel Gutiérrez Rojas told us that half of the students who did a module gave peer review whereas only 5% got the certificate. He sees a need to emphasize the importance of collaboration from the beginning on.
In the Experience Track Patrick Jermann presented the EPFL MOOC Factory and categorised five tips of vidoes: teaser – lecture – experiment – interview – hangout.
Neil Morris reflected the role as „First time MOOC Provider“ where they did a MOOC from the scratch which was based on social constructivism and was participatory, active, reflective, multiformate, research-based with tutor and peer-mentoring and digital literacy support. At the moment they are evaluating 100.000 user comments.
In his keynote Simon Nelson motivated me to signup for the Ocean-MOOC on Futurelearn. I love the sea and the MOOC seems to be great. He refered to the polarized discussion about MOOCs, the evangelists see a revolution, the skeptics have a lot of doubts. He judged Moocs as part of the internet distraction hitting the universities and recommends that universities should rethink traditional roles and models.
In her keynote „Learning in a digital, connected world“ Debra Humphris stated that we need a strategy to join the MOOC movement. She spoke of the digital ecosystem with discovery and co creation, of data mining as a new primary industry and that we should be aware of power shifts in the digital age.
In the Business Track the corporate MOOC market was discussed by Donald Dark, who appreciated Khan as father of MOOCs, Ralph Wieser, who stated that „knowledge is nothing – action is everything“, Gregor Erkel („We’re all still at the beginning“), Yannis Angelis who as learner in a MOOC sensed a „caring attitude coming out of my screen“ and Carl Dawson, who emphasized learning per doing.
In the afternoon Experience Track the topic were experiences of cMOOC authors. I was really impressed by Hamish Macleod’s presentation „Designing for the Unknown Learner“. They did a coursera MOOC which the students converted into a cMOOC. The MOOC ended one year ago and there is activity until now (reflection of the EDC-MOOC team).
I’m sorry that I missed Tanja Jadin’s presentation „Extending the MOOCversity. A Multi-layered and Diversified Lens for MOOC Research“ in the Research track – and happy that there are Proceedings of the Research Track.
The last keynote speaker was Frank Buytendijk who spoke about „The Business of Big Data“. He admitted that there is a creepy line in applying big data analyses and recommended not to cross this line because it it could lead to serious reputation damage – which for me seems to be a rather soft warning.
This day I attended the Policy Track with the title „Bringing new challenges to HE“.
I liked Gerhard Fischer’s ideas a lot – he emphasized „learning to be“ instead of „learning about“ and the use of good questions. And he believed that MOOCs are great possibilities to „learn to be“. This approach coincides with our use of open learning scenarios to promote emergent learning.
My head is full of ideas, hints, internet links, papers, I want to read, persons, I want to remain in contact. Now I will hurry to attend the closing of the conference.