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Learning and the MOOC, an Online Conference, April 3rd and 4th

Posted by on Monday, April 1, 2013 in News.

This Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4, the Center for Teaching will host the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Spring Focus Session titled “Learning and the MOOC.” This online event will be streamed in the CFT workshop space and will feature presentations by almost two dozen faculty and administrators from colleges and universities around the world experimenting with massive open online courses (MOOCs).

On the agenda, among many others, are CFT Director Derek Bruff (“Who Are Our Students? Bridging Local and Global Learning Communities”) and former CFT Teaching Affiliate Jennifer DeBoer who is currently a post-doctoral fellow at MIT (“Backgrounds and Behaviors of MOOC Participants and Implications for Faculty”).

If you’re interested in learning more about MOOCs and how they might alter the landscape of higher education, drop by (no registration required) the CFT for one or more of the following sessions this week. See the online agenda for descriptions of individual sessions.

Also, follow the backchannel conversation using the hashtag #elifocus on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 3rd

11:00-11:15 Focus Session Welcome – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)
11:15-11:50 Everything You Think You Know about MOOCs Could Be Wrong – Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill (Educational Technology Consultants and Analysts)
11:50-12:20 Faculty Perspective: Teaching the Humanities to Humanity – Peter Struck (University of Pennsylvania)
12:20-12:55 Designing and Implementing MOOCs That Maximize Student Learning – Seth Anderson (Duke University), Amy Collier (Stanford University), and Cassandra Volpe Horii (California Institute of Technology)
12:55-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45 Who Are Our Students? Bridging Local and Global Learning Communities – CFT Director Derek Bruff
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:30 Revisiting “7 Things You Should Know about MOOCs” Activity – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)
3:30-3:50 Using an Open-Source Platform to Meet Online Learning Goals: An Introduction to Class2Go – Amy Collier and Jane Manning (Stanford University)
3:50-4:00 Focus Session Closing – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)

Thursday, April 4th

11:00-11:05 Focus Session Welcome – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)
11:05-11:35 Backgrounds and Behaviors of MOOC Participants and Implications for Faculty – Andrew Ho (Harvard University), Lori Breslow (MIT), Jennifer DeBoer (MIT)
11:35-12:05 Multiple Lessons Learned from Implementing MOOC Environments at San Jose State University – Ellen Junn (San Jose State University)
12:05-12:35 Digging into MOOC Mania: One Investor’s Key Research Questions and Approach – Anh Nguyen and Stacey Clawson (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
12:35-1:05 Assessing the Efficacy of Third-Party MOOCs in Hybrid Instruction – Rebecca Griffiths (ITHAKA S+R)
1:05-1:20 Break
1:20-1:50 International Perspective: The MOOC and Campus-Based Learning – Phillip Long and Carl Reidsema (University of Queensland)
1:50-2:25 Preparing a MOOC Executive Brief Activity – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)
2:25-2:40 Break
2:40-3:40 MOOC Provider Panel – Relly Brandman (Coursera), Barbara Truman (Academic Partnerships), Rebecca Petersen (edX), and Maria Andersen (Instructure)
3:40-4:00 The MOOC as a Vehicle for Learning: Observations and Conclusions – Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz (ELI)

Please note that there are two sessions on the first day (“MOOCs for Credit: Current State of the Art” with Cathy Sandeen of the American Council on Education and “What’s In It for Us? The Benefits to Campus Courses of Running a MOOC” with Jason Mock of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) that we will unfortunately not have space to host.

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