Refugees and online education –
7 December 2018 10:00-11:00 CET

stepping stones to a new life

Facilitated MOOC support – closed bubbles in a sea of openness

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Many of the people who could gain most from open online education lack the necessary study skills and digital literacies to participate effectively. Although most MOOC providers offer some online support services, they cannot provide personal, face-to-face support. Many people are unfamiliar with the principles of online learning and need practical support and advice from a trusted mentor or friend to learn effectively. By forming local support groups, various organisations and communities are providing that vital support to give learners the skills and confidence needed to complete an online course.

This webinar will present a selection of solutions to this issue, such as MOOC Meetups, wrapped MOOCs and support services for refugees.

Questions to be discussed:

  • In what ways can closed groups complement and facilitate open learning?
  • Is intimacy at scale possible?
  • What kinds of educational eco-systems can be developed around MOOCs?

Time: Monday 14 May, 15.00 – 16.00 CEST

Place: Adobe Connect. Link to the meeting room will be sent to all registered participants 1-2 days before the webinar.

Certification: All attendees will receive a badge of participation.

This webinar is organised by OpenupEd in collaboration with the MOONLITE project.

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Alastair Creelman

Alastair Creelman

Linnaeus University, Sweden

E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is involved in several national and international projects and organisations in the field of e-learning, including the MOONLITE project.

Gabi Witthaus

Gabi Witthaus

University of Birmingham, UK

Half of me is an instructional design consultant for the College of Arts & Law at the University of Birmingham (started in Feb 2018), and the other half is a consultant in online education via my company, Art of E-learning.

Recent consultancy work has included leading a team in a study for the eLearn Center of the Open University of Catalonia into next-generation pedagogy in distance education; authoring a report for the EU’s Joint Research Centre on validation of MOOC-based learning; designing and running workshops on online learning design; and leading an OOC (Open Online Course) on Storyboarding for Learning Design. I volunteer with Kiron Higher Education Organisation as a study buddy for refugee learners in higher education and a researcher.