MOOCs for Secondary School Students

Presented by: Rita Day & Brian Mulligan

Story- IT Sligo, funded by Intel Ireland, are currently developing techniques that will facilitate the rapid, low-cost development of MOOCs. This project will include the delivery of four MOOCs in programming aimed at young people. The presentation will show how MOOCs, as a rapidly growing learning resource, could be beneficial in many ways for leaving certificate, transition year and junior certificate cycle students, particularly using the “flipped classroom” approach. The presentation will also show how a low-cost approach to MOOC development can make this a viable solution for specialised needs in niche fields of interest, geographical regions or minority languages.

Presenter Biography:

Rita is a researcher in MOOCs for IT Sligo on a project funded by Intel. Previously a Lecturer with SouthWest College in Northern Ireland, Senior Lecturer in Southampton Solent University, with 10 years of industry experience. A business graduate from QUB, with Postgraduate qualifications in Higher Education teaching and in Blended Learning. Active in business and community organisations. Mentor with Carrick Dojo and Secretary of the Parents Association. Brian Mulligan is currently on secondment as a Programme Manager responsible for online learning development in the Centre for Online Learning in IT Sligo where he has lectured since 1984. He has been instrumental in the rapid growth in online learning in IT Sligo since 2002 and significantly involved in the growth of e-learning in Ireland since 1999, organising the EdTech series of conferences since 2000 and as a founding member of the Irish Learning Technology Association in 2002. His main areas of expertise are now in web-casting, webinar management, synchronous online training, instructor-led online training, lecture capture, open education (MOOCs and OER) and the rapid development of online training.