[Open-education] OER, MOOCs and the promise of broadening access to education

Daniel Villar Onrubia daniel.villaronrubia at oii.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 14 12:12:32 UTC 2014

Dear all,

I hope the next event of the "Breaking Boundaries? Series" is of interest
to some of you. We will be live streaming the seminar for those who cannot
attend in person.

Best wishes,



Daniel Villar Onrubia
Oxford Internet Institute. University of Oxford
daniel.villaronrubia at oii.ox.ac.uk


*OER, MOOCs and the promise of broadening access to education*
Thursday 20th February 2014. 17:00-18.30
Venue: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St
Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS. UK.
Please email your name and affiliation to events at oii.ox.ac.uk if you are
planning to attend.
A live stream will be available at http://breakingboundariesoxford.org/

Speakers: Professor Grainne Conole & Dr Rebecca Eynon
Chair: Sarah Porter

This seminar will focus on the use of ICTs for increasing access to
educational opportunities for people who have been traditionally excluded
from them, paying particular attention to the movement articulated around
the so-called Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Online Open
Courses (MOOCs).

*New open practices: the implications of OER and MOOCs for traditional
educational institution*
Speaker: Professor Grainne Conole. Director of the Institute of Learning
Innovation at the University of Leicester

At the heart of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement is the vision
that education is a fundamental human right and that educational resources
should therefore be freely available. Promoted by organisations such as
UNESCO and the Hewlett Foundation, there are now hundreds of OER
repositories worldwide. In recent years we have seen the emergence of
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which can be considered to be a
structured mechanism for delivering OER, over a particular time period and
through a structured learning pathway. The talk will highlight the key
developments in OER and MOOC research. It will present a framework for
benchmarking OER initiatives and developing a vision and roadmap for their
future development, along with a new classification scheme for MOOCs.

*Conceptualising interaction in MOOCs*
Speaker: Dr Rebecca Eynon. Senior Reserch Fellow at the OII and Lecturer in
the Department of Education at the University of Oxford

While there has been a lot of attention about the potential for MOOCs to
transform higher education, far less empirical research has been conducted
that explores the experiences and behaviours of learners in these online
settings. A particular strength of MOOCs is the potential for thousands of
learners to come together to learn.  Understanding who interacts, how they
interact, and why is an important part of understanding how learning may
occur. This presentation aims to highlight the different ways in which
people communicate and interact with one another in MOOCs, and how these
interactions are related to learner characteristics, experiences and
outcomes through the in-depth mixed method analysis of one case study MOOC.
The findings discussed are those emerging from an ongoing study funded by
the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. See
http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/?id=121 for more details.
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