This talk will explore both theoretical and practical ways of engaging with education at scale.

This talk will explore both theoretical and practical ways of engaging with education at scale. I will begin with discussing the terms ‘crowd’, ‘scale’ and ‘massive’ in the context of MOOCs, suggesting some implications for the increasing calls for ‘openness’ and networked accessibility in education. I will then discuss the recent ‘E-learning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC (#edcmooc) from the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Coursera, highlighting particular design decisions that were intended to experiment with teaching unprecedented numbers of participants. In particular, this will focus on the ‘Teacherbot’ project, which sought to develop an automated Twitter agent that could contribute to ‘teacher presence’ within the course. This ‘more-than-human’ approach to teaching will frame a discussion of the theoretical challenges associated with education in an increasingly ‘crowded’ world.