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What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ in the Web era?

Date & Time:
11:00:00 - 16:00:00,
Wednesday 28 May, 2014


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.


Time Schedule
11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:30

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.

12:30 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:15

Brief Presentations

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:

  • The university in the era of disintermediation;
  • Digital visibility of knowledge;
  • New business and cost-effective digital learning schemes;
  • Personalization versus massification of education;
  • Critical analysis of digital technology in education;
  • New models of assessment and competency based verification;
14:15 – 14:30

Q&A between presenters and attendees

14:30 – 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:15

Group discussion

15:15 – 16:00

Main conclusions and Wrap up

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  • Dr Cristobal Cobo
  • Name: Dr Cristobal Cobo|David White
  • Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute|Department of Education
  • Role: Convenor|Convenor
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