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Tuesday, September 29 • 16:20 - 17:20
Are MOOC's past their peak?

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) — providing online learning to class sizes of tens of thousands of students — were heralded in 2012 as the future of education, opening up venerated learning venues to anyone, anywhere. Courses have been offered by educators of all shapes and sizes, including institutions like MIT. Some now say that these courses have past their peak, having achieved very little for students enrolled. Presenters in this session will provide their own experiences with MOOCs, and whether there is still an important role for them to play.

Presentation 1: Out of the Box with MOOCs, Mark Carbone

This presentation will look at evolving MOOCs into learning communities by sharing the (two year) journey of the Ontario based OSSEMOOC project, which provides a variety of connected learning opportunities geared towards K12 education leaders. Mark
(@markwcarbone) co-leads this project with Donna Miller Fry (@fryed).

Presentation 2: MOOCs: Summitting One Peak and Now Climbing Another, Jonathan Schaeffer

The MOOC movement is only four years old, but has already had a tremendous impact on teaching and learning. While the some of the original hype surrounding MOOCs has not been realized, the reality is that they are here for good and are influencing institutional thinking. This talk will discuss the past, present and future of MOOCs.

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Mark Carbone

Chief Information Officer, Waterloo Region District School Board
Mark is  an educator with 34 years experience. He has  served in a variety of roles during his career which include: secondary school classroom teacher,  department head, an ICT consultant and IT Manager. He is currently the  Chief Information Officer for the Waterloo Region District... Read More →
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Jonathan Schaeffer

Distinguished University Professor of Computing Science, University of Alberta
Jonathan Schaeffer is a Distinguished University Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His research interests are in artificial intelligence and parallel/distributed computing. He is best known for applying... Read More →

Tuesday September 29, 2015 16:20 - 17:20 MDT
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