MOOC X-Games

In the last couple of weeks I have spent some time off-piste with academic colleagues from other universities who have been delivering MOOCs this year. Engaging in MOOCs was always a bit of a leap into the unknown, these colleagues … Continue reading

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learning from MOOCs

I always say it is important to walk the talk. If we encourage colleagues to publish their learning materials as OER  we should publish our own. If we encourage colleagues to  make use of other people’s open educational resources we … Continue reading

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moocs, oer, open access and badges

Celebrate the  3rd annual Open Education Week 10-15 March, 2014. The purpose of Open Education Week is raise the profile of open educational resources (OER) and the global movement of people and organisations behind them. It is also a time to … Continue reading

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slide lines

On Friday I’ll be speaking in Edinburgh at the Oxford University Society about the challenges facing HE in the digital age. On Monday I’m at NUS Scotland talking about MOOCs and cultural imperialism. If you miss me, I’ll be back … Continue reading

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3 things the VC said about MOOCs

The VC’s recent oration got a lot of coverage in the media because of what he said in the first of this themes: ‘Funding Oxford’. He got slightly less coverage for his second theme: ‘Diversifying Oxford’, and very little on … Continue reading

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Massive Online Open Conflicts

World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings is the latest massive online open collection to emerge from the Oxford OER stable. It provides digital learning materials available for global reuse in teaching about a global event.  Materials include articles, audio … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘X’ in Oxford

When I read about EdX, MITx, BerkeleyX, HarvardX  etc I wonder if they envy the fact that we already have the X in our name*. Oxford has a fine tradition of extension teaching (for that is what the X stands). … Continue reading

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moot mooc meets

In Wonderland, when they hold a Caucus race the participants run around in patterns of any shape, starting and leaving off whenever they like, so that everyone wins. One might suggest that discussions of MOOCs at Oxford are similar*. In … Continue reading

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a pope, two proctors, and an assessor

All in one day. Last week smoke rising from the Sheldonian indicated  that this year’s triumvirate of Proctors and Assessor demitted and a new set were installed. The demitting Proctors deliver a jointly authored address which includes notes on their … Continue reading

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best laid plans o’ mice

In the Oxford magazine No 331 Tim Horder comments on the absence of MOOCs from the University’s  Draft Strategic Plan. Moments like these cause me to look back at strategic plans I have written. I didn’t write one for LTG … Continue reading

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