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The Power of MOOCs

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I recently had the honour of speaking at the EdTechXEurope summit which was held in London on June 16th, 2016. I was part of a panel of 4 experts invited to talk about "Trends to Watch in 2016", where we all explored trends that are shaping the future of education. My focus was MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) with a presentation entitled "The Power of MOOCs".
These slides formed part of my presentation.

To see a transcript of the presentation, visit http://www.mooclab.club/threads/do-moocs-have-the-power-to-shape-the-future-of-education.4349/

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The Power of MOOCs

  1. 1. www.mooclab.club The Power of MOOCs Presented by Carolyn McIntyre CEO of MoocLab.club Trends to Watch in 2016 London, June 16th 2016
  2. 2. Millions of students enrol in these online courses provided by the top institutions & organizations MOOCs are Massive
  3. 3. • No cost • No restrictions • No pre-requisites MOOCs are Open
  4. 4. • Learn any time • Learn in your own time • Learn anywhere MOOCs are Online
  5. 5. 2008 The first course designed around the MOOC concept was launched in 2008 by the University of Manitoba, Canada
  6. 6. 2012 “Year of the MOOC” “Disruptive Revolution”
  7. 7. “The End of the University as We Know It” Arghhhhh
  8. 8. High drop-out rates No credentials Educating the educated No business models “a lousy product” MOOCs then hit a brick wall as their flaws started to emerge
  9. 9. KEEP CALM & CARRY ON MOOCING Where are we today? We still have universities! BUT we also still have MOOCs What have the MOOC platforms done to keep MOOCs alive?
  10. 10. MOOCs have moved away from their original concept of providing free education to those who need it the most. You are more likely to enrol on a MOOC if you are from a developed country and you already have a degree. So, the MOOC platforms have changed their focus to suit this audience. ImagebyPhilWhitehousehttps://flic.kr/p/4jQ9YT
  11. 11. Udacity & Coursera offer mainly skills based courses with a focus on technology and business. Introduction of learning pathways to provide competence in high-demand skills. MOOCs are addressing the Skills Gap
  12. 12. The link to careers has helped MOOC platforms find their business models Introduction of fees for course “add-ons” Certificates Graded assignments Mentorship
  13. 13. Some universities have partnered with MOOC platforms to offer MOOCs with the option to gain university credit
  14. 14. MOOC Growth 2012 - 2016
  15. 15. The Power of MOOCS • MOOCs facilitate the distribution of knowledge • MOOCs provide a great source of teaching resources • MOOCs have the potential to address the skills gap • MOOCs can work as a marketing tool for the provider institutions
  16. 16. MOOCS: the key to better education MOOCs are providing invaluable data on the way people learn This data can be used to improve teaching methods both online & in the classroom
  17. 17. The average young person will change careers 5-7 times in their lifetime He or she is likely to have had up to 10 different jobs by the age of 42 There will be a need to continually retrain & upskill Image by Pixabay
  18. 18. MOOCs are ideal to address the needs of lifelong learners. BUT – still most people are unaware of MOOCs. Raising awareness of MOOCs is vital if we are to reap their full benefits.
  19. 19. Many are still sceptical towards the true value of MOOC credentials. But a positive shift in attitude will come from universities offering credit for MOOCs, and corporates using MOOCs as a recruitment tool
  20. 20. www.mooclab.club The Power of MOOCs Presented by Carolyn McIntyre CEO of MoocLab.club Trends to Watch in 2016 London, June 16th 2016
  21. 21. Image accreditation Slide 2: “Crowd” by James Cridland Slide 3: Open padlock courtesy of pixabay.com Slide 4: Courtesy of YouTube by Free Stock Footage Slide 5: Start by Steven Depolo Slide 6: Fireworks by AngMoKio courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org Slide 7: Buzz McCallister from Home Alone Slide 8: Brick wall by Oula Lehtinen CC BY-SA 3.0 Slide 10: Change direction by Phil Whitehouse Slide 11: Learn new skills courtesy of www.essaytigers.com Slide 12: Money courtesy of http://www.401kcalculator.org/ Slide 13: Old Court by Azeira at English Wikipedia Slide 14: Growth courtesy of pixabay.com Slide 15: Signpost courtesy of pixabay.com Slide 16: Key to success courtesy of pixabay.com Slide 18: Raising awareness Image by Sharon Sinclair Slide 19: Graduation by Jeremy Jenum Slide 20: Power by Brian / Graph from Class Central The Power of MOOCs