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Making Moocs social is the next challenge

13 Nov

Finding ways to engage thousands of people in discussion online is set to change the higher education landscape

By Chris Parr

Massive open social learning and “nanodegrees” are among the trends in teaching and learning set to shake up higher education, according to a report.

Innovating Pedagogy 2014, the third annual report about the technological trends that could revolutionise education, produced by The Open University, says that finding ways to effectively engage thousands of people in productive discussions while learning together online is a key challenge for educationalists in the next couple of years.

So-called massive open social learning is the next step in the development of massive open online courses, or Moocs, the report says.

“Recent Moocs have taken an instructivist approach, with course materials created by a university and delivered by video and text…it can be a lonely experience,” it says. “There is more that can be done to engage people as active learners, sharing their ideas and discussing their different perspectives as they learn online.”

The report acknowledges that this approach harks back to “early Mooc experiments”, or C-Moocs, which were based on a pedagogy of connectivist learning – however, it adds that these were “difficult to manage at large scale”.

[ Full article available at Times Higher Education: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/making-moocs-social-is-the-next-challenge/2016922.article ]

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