The impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Higher Education

Wednesday 26 June 2013

6.00pm for 6:30pm - 8.30pm

Room 325, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Timos Almpanis

Free of charge, for both BCS and Non-BCS members.

Joint event between BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS e-Learning SG and Southampton Solent University.

Most often MOOCs are short courses with duration varied between a couple of weeks to a couple of months and currently they do not provide academic credit but some of them provide a certificate of completion. At the moment MOOCs are 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 providing certification to successful participants and by building hybrid courses around MOOCs that carry academic credit.

This presentation will raise awareness about international developments in the newly emerged area of massive open online courses, will discuss the opportunities and the challenges that MOOCs present for Higher Education and will speculate their future impact not only for online education but also for campus-based education.

Timos Almpanis is an Associate Professor in Learning Technologies at Southampton Solent University. He has worked at the University of Plymouth as a Learning Technologist and has been working at Southampton Solent University since 2007. He is a member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the International Association of Mobile Learning (IAML), has presented papers at international conferences and his papers have been published in international journals. He has been a reviewer for the Association of Learning Technology Conference for the last three years.

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