Why universities invest in MOOCs – the importance of the social dimension
1 December 2017
Speakers: Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski, Darco Jansen and Timothy Read
Moderator: Charlotte Traeger
The MOOC hype in the media might be over, but investments in and the uptake of MOOCs are increasing significantly worldwide. There is no doubt that European HEIs joined the MOOC movement later, but contrary to the developments in the US, European HEIs are now engaging more with MOOC development and production. Various studies demonstrate that a large percentage (at least 40%) of European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) seems to have developed a MOOC or is planning to develop a MOOC.
The question being considered in this webinar is why HEIs are investing in MOOCs, the role of political environments and educational values in different regions and if this support the use of MOOCs for social inclusion.
Language Learning apps & MOOCs for refugees
25 October 2017
Speakers: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Timothy Read
Moderator: Alastair Creelman
Description: An important part of social inclusion is having the foreign language skills necessary for day to day life. ICT, including mobile apps and open online courses, forms an important part of the way in which languages are learnt in our modern society. The improvement in communication networks and online tools, accessible from a range of mobile devices and desktop computers, facilitate activities developed to improve the four basic language competences (written and oral comprehension and production). Furthermore, the wide availability of free language learning apps can help to supplement the online learning experience, especially when network access is limited.
The question being considered in this webinar is whether such resources represent an effective learning approach for refugees given their changing geographical, sociocultural and technological circumstances.
Using MOOCs for social inclusion – building skills among HE students and supporting refugees
30 May 2017
Speakers: Blaženka Divjak, Ronny Röwert, Rene Mauer
Moderator: Anne-Christin Tannhäuser
Description: The offer of Massive Open Online courses is ever growing and gives more and more learners access to knowledge. Four years after the big hype about MOOCs there is no end in sight for universities and edtech companies (in collaboration with university teachers) to design and launch those courses openly to everyone. This webinar focuses on a next step within the field of open education:
- How can those courses become a more strategic tool for the teaching and learning in higher education, i.e. offering more individual learning pathways and granting students credits for achieved learning via MOOCs?
- How can those courses serve those potentially left behind, specifically refugees which struggle to enter formal education (and labor markets)?
The MOONLITE project consortium has set out to find institutional ways at our four partner universities (ESCP Europe Berlin campus, University of Wolverhampton, and UNED the largest distance university in Spain) to make use of existing MOOCs for our own students and/or refugees. In order to shape and inform our own interventions, we invited two speakers with pioneer experience in this field for a webinar. In the “spirit of open” all other interested individuals are welcome to join this online event along with our university staff.
Open education for refugees – Optimizing diversity through MOOCs
19 April 2017
Speakers: John Traxler, Jennifer Contreras, Paula Morais
Moderator: Alastair Creelman
Description: How can Open Education, in particular MOOCs, offer relevant solutions to help refugees gain access to higher education and employment in their new homelands?
Refugees face legal, linguistic, cultural, institutional and financial barriers to enter higher education. Furthermore, traditional universities can only offer places to a certain number of students, with funded places even rarer, and seldom have the capacity to cope with large numbers of refugees in a short time. The lengthy process of seeking asylum is lost time for most refugees. Utilizing MOOCs to support refugees in entering HE or employment market is a strategy currently being explored by various initiatives in line with ECs communication 2013 “wider use of new technology and open educational resources can contribute to alleviating costs for educational institutions and for students, especially among disadvantaged groups”.