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MOOCs are coming! – notes from the UB Forum Brussels

  • July 26, 2013

Rapporteur Notes – WORKSHOP 4.2: MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOC) – Challenges and opportunities

5th University-Business Forum, Brussels
Hosted by the European Commission, 4th – 5th June, 2013

Preamble
MOOCs have received a lot of attention lately and are increasingly the subject of interest and discussion from a growing number of higher education institutions across the globe. However, the development of MOOCs is a multi-faceted issue that calls for analysis from multiple perspectives (users, platforms, companies, HEI etc.). This session will bring together some key players from Europe and the United States involved in the development of MOOCS and provide an invaluable opportunity for open and frank debate as to the potential advantages, disadvantages and challenges that MOOCs represent.

Speakers

Moderator: Mr Michael Gaebel, Head of the Higher Education Policy Unit, European

  • Professor Daphne Koller – Stanford University – Cofounder COURSERA, (via video link)
  • Mr Simon Nelson, CEO of Future Learn
  • Professor Karl Aberer Vice-President for Information Systems at the “Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne”, EPFL
  • Mr Felix C. Seyfarth, Curator and Docent of the MOOC “Think Tank Cities”, Leuphana University
  • Mr Sotiris Makrygiannis, CEO of Eliademy
  • Professor Stephanie Fahey, Lead Partner, Education Oceania at Ernst & Young

Rapporteur: Mr Todd Davey, Manager International Projects, Fachhochschule Münster


Summary of points

About the MOOCs

“Free delivery of higher-education courses online without enrolment restriction”

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC):

  • Online, open and massive courses
  • Routes to formal qualifications available globally
  • ‘Peer-learning’ rather than the ‘teacher-knows all’ model
  • Supported learning by fellow students
  • Socially interactive
  • Topics in “bite-sized” lectures
  • More visual explanations requiring “World-class story-telling”


Who is giving MOOCs?

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Student-Business collaboration a growing topic – notes from the UB Forum Brussels

  • July 26, 2013

Rapporteur Notes – WORKSHOP 4.1: Partnerships in Action

5th University-Business Forum, Brussels
Hosted by the European Commission, 4th – 5th June, 2013

 

Preamble

Established in 2011, Knowledge Alliances were designed to bridge the gap between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are structured partnerships that bring together higher education and business on a common project tackling common challenges. The strength of this approach is the quality and commitment of the partnership and the value of true knowledge exchange and the trust this generate between the two sectors for mutually beneficial and innovative outcomes. These projects can cover any given sector and topic. In this session, business and academic representatives from the first three pilot projects – ending summer 2013 – will discuss how they developed innovative approaches to education, learning, entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange and what challenges and outcomes have resulted from their collaboration. Stakeholders and those interested in taking part in future Knowledge Alliances are invited to share their experiences and to take part in the discussion.

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