The impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Higher Education – Wed 26 Jun @6pm

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – a term coined by Dave Cormier back in 2008 when the first experimental MOOC ran – came to prominence in 2012 with the launch of Coursera, EdX and Udacity platforms in the United States. Most often MOOCs are short courses with duration varied between a couple of weeks to a couple of months, and at the moment, they do not provide academic credit, but some do provide a certificate of completion or statement of accomplishment.

MOOCs are currently free for participants and are funded by public and/or private sources. However, there is speculation that in the near future, Universities involved may profit by charging for certification and by building hybrid courses around MOOCs that carry academic credit. 

In this talk I will summarise my personal reflections from participating in a MOOC and provide a brief evaluation of the connectivist MOOC (cMOOC) learning design. Following that, MOOCs’ future sustainability in general will be discussed and a speculation of their future impact in HE will be attempted, including both online and on campus education.

The event is organised jointly by the BCS Hampshire, the BCS elearning SIG and Southampton Solent University and is free for anyone interested; however, you are kindly requested to book your place online following the link below:


The MOOC Quality Project

There seems to be a lot of rhetoric on MOOCs lately and the ways that they are going to ‘revolutionise’ education. However, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed before MOOCs can provide credit and the MOOC Quality Project seems to be moving the conversation on MOOCs to the right direction. 12 weeks, 12 experts in the area are discussing their position regarding MOOC and Quality issues in particular in a project initiated by the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL)