An Introduction to the MOOC Phenomenon

Thursday 10 April 2014, 5.15pm - 7.00pm

Lecture Theatre 16G42, University of Ulster, Lecture Theatre 16G42, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB

Free of charge

This presentation will review a wide range of areas connected to the MOOC. From the history of the MOOC to xMOOCs, cMOOCs and the means behind these well publicised acronyms. During the talk the speaker will look at the effects MOOCs have on those teach them and learning through them, including questioning who takes MOOCs and those that dropout.

Lastly the talk will turn to developing nations and MOOCs and whether this global phenomenon truly is global. The last section of this talk will explore what is next for the MOOC and if there will be a MOOC2.0 or if the end is near for this educational trend


Eleanor Dewar has a background in psychology. In 2013 she founded Ocelot Education Research, a research focused consultancy organisation. She specialises in two main fields of research and study: firstly, higher education – the development of new pedagogies in higher education in the developing world and the effects of the information revolution in education.

Secondly, she is interested in developing educational programs for people with learning disabilities, promoting self-advocacy and improving the lives of people with learning disabilities in the developing world. She has experience in educational research in Europe and Asia and is expanding her connections into Africa. Eleanor’s current research projects include; an IPA study on the perception MOOCs dropouts, a working paper series on e-learning in Asia and a theoretical review of the impact of culture on cognition and learning processes.

Other works include the development of a MOOC platform in South Africa and e-learning programs for SEN (Special Educational Needs) Teacher training in Cameroon.  

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