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More about MOOCs

More about MOOC s @ALDinHE

I went to the talk by the innovative team at the University of Northampton who are working on a combination of a MOOC/SOOC (small online open access course!)! Launching for 13,500 potential students this summer so no pressure there then!…..and one iteration will link to a 10 credit module, be facilitated/ peer reviewed by student ambassadors- a study skills for academic success. Other talks re ‘things MOOC’ various snippets caught my attention –
the difference between “C” constructivist MOOCs and ‘X’ MOOCs which are more structured and directive. Suggested ways forward is a hybrid MOOC
Platforms – Coursera, Udacity, Futurelearn, EdX
Badges are of interest
Pilot MOOCs with sixth forms students

Ones people have tried and liked just started, on coursera and run by the ALT C crew

Sian Baynes digital cultures one starts again Nov 2014

And was fascinated by this Shakespeare one

already run but resources are there

some excellent links to MOOC papers here:

And the UK policy document on MOOCs here: ‘maturing the MOOC’


Educause special editions on MOOCs:

And an excellent blog posting:

I recently added an extended blog post looking at the issues of MOOC pedagogy and the difficulties in defining and evaluating it.  It is hopefully a thought provoking piece that challenges some of the orthodoxies and assumptions around the MOOC-steria that has enveloped the sector over the last few years.

As always, the opinions in my blog are my own J

Cheers Peter Peter Bryant

Head of Learning Technology and Innovation/Centre for Learning Technology

London School of Economics and Political Science



The ALT OER webinar

The ALT OER webinar

Caroline Greves moderated and has shared the video link of the webinar here:

Thanks very much for taking part in the session today, a recording is
now available from the ALT Repository at:



This was a well attended webinar – 30 people took part, with most staying for the whole of the time. Maren deepwell, the ALT Chief Excutive started with a summary and telling us about the various ALT publications; then Alastair and I spoke about our SIG and the mini project we did with inviting members to submit case studies/ materials to the ALT repository – we now have a process for this, so if you have anything you would like to showcase and share, there is a simple form here:

Martin Hawksley then talked about OER and types of MOOCs – and invites us all along for ride at we can register now – the TEL MOOC starts again in April – Martin has recently been appointed as ALTs Chief Innovation, Community and Technology officer

Megan Quentin-Baxter updated us all about the forthcoming OER 2014 Conference 28/29 April in Newcastle, and shared the fantastic range of speakers – many known to us already, but of particular interest to our SIG is Catherine Ngugi, Project Director, Open Educational Resources Africa is speaking – more information here:

The OER SIG has an open invitation out for committee members – see the JISC mail list…


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