Presented by: Mark Brown
This presentation explores the rationale and strategic drivers behind a significant Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiative at Massey University. Massey was New Zealand’s first university to join an international MOOC platform known as Open2Study. Some of the potential benefits and affordances that MOOCs offer third-level education are outlined in the context of this initiative, and the presentation shares examples and initial lessons from the design, development and delivery of the first suite of free online courses. Preliminary reflections from a formal evaluation of the MOOC experience are reported and mindful of the Irish context a number of questions are raised about the future of the MOOC movement.
Professor Mark Brown is Director of the newly established National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University. Before taking up this position Mark was Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University, New Zealand. He was also Director of the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA) and President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.