In recent years many new ways of engaging with higher education online have been developed. Some of these educational initiatives known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), led by major universities such as Stanford, Harvard or MIT are generating a great deal of interest for a large volume of learners online (millions of users in some cases). Interestingly, MOOCs and other Open Educational Practices (OEP) are also becoming a good test bed for universities to experiment new pedagogical models; as well as new forms of assessing and certificating the knowledge and skills acquired by learners.
This phenomenon has already brought to the fore a number of questions around the role and purpose of traditional institutions in the context of the global adoption of ‘virtual’ and open forms of teaching. This in turn is creating a tension between the values of traditional forms of institutionally based knowledge and new forms of online learning.
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Experts panel discussions [3-4 speakers]
Panel discussions will explore the intersection between the institutional and online currencies of learning. The goal is to develop themes and opportunities for future research.
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Practices based presentations of formal and informal continuous learning experiences; new forms of academic visibility; new means of knowledge recognition/certification; and open access and open educational practices. [3-4 speakers]
15 min. presentations exploring What, How and Why of these initiatives. Possible topics:
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Q&A between presenters and attendees
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Main conclusions and Wrap up
About the speakers
David WhiteAffiliation: Department of Education