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ByAndrea Kalafusová

Issues for MOOC recognition, certification and accreditation.

As MOOC’s become more popular, ensuring those who undertake them are able to make the most of the skills they gain, and ensuring appropriate recognition and opportunities to gain accreditation for the learning undertaken, is important.  This paper sets out the current context with regards to the recognition, certification and accreditation of MOOC’s within Europe, and explores some of the challenges involved in this area, and considerations for overcoming these challenges as the field grows.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

BizMOOC learning design workshop at the Open University UK

The BizMOOC teams currently meets at the Open University UK facilities in Cardiff, Wales to design and kick-start the production of its 3 Pilot MOOCs.

We are having an exciting time in identifying the different target audiences, spinning the “word wheel”, creating “personas”, drafting learning outcomes and the course profiles. The MOOCs are going to be implemented towards the end of the year. Besides, we are celebrating the finalization of our first key outcome, the so-called “MOOC BOOK“.

Stay tuned for more information which will follow shortly.

 

ByAndrea Kalafusová

MOOCs and Human Resource Development

Especially in a global setting, the proper education and development of all the staff is a crucial part of success factors and often a necessity for competitiveness. As a result of this high scale professional goal, educational entities within the company are very complex and often are comparable to public education institutions. Being an innovative company requires offering innovative learning and teaching methods as well. Since MOOCs can be seen as a “new” learning and teaching method, the social components offer new opportunities but also may cause serious threats for companies. Especially data security and work council issues have hindered or are still hindering the usage of such tools. Learn more about these matters.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Two papers on MOOCs and their role in entrepreneurship education were presented at

3rd International Conference Entrepreneurship for the XXI Century. Images and perspectives

This cyclical conference took place on the 24th and 25th of November 2016 at the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw and gathered over 100 participants from different parts of the world. There was plenty of  possibilities to discussed different faces and aspects of entrepreneurship, and both classical and alternative research perspectives in entrepreneurship. The conference hosted academics from around the world as well as business and politics related people. The topics of interest for presentations and papers included:

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Existing MOOC quality models

Considering the quality of MOOCs, it is essential to guarantee a worthwhile learning experience for the learner and at the same time to reach the goals the provider/institution has for the education provision. MOOCs have become a symbol of a larger modernisation agenda for universities, and are perceived as tools for universities to improve the quality of their blended and online education. Learn more about the different dimensions related to the quality of MOOCs.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Drivers behind MOOCs/reasons to get involved

MOOCs are increasingly regarded as a way to gain access to higher education. Do you want to learn in your own time and your own pace? Do you want to have access to learning opportunities online that were beyond reach in the past? MOOCs not only provide access to quality educational materials but also help to learn flexibly. Moreover you can connect with people who share the same interests or professional profiles. These are just some of the reasons to get involved. Read more about drivers behind MOOCs.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

For free or not for free?

Business models behind MOOCs

MOOCs are offered for free and there are monetary costs associated with it – so why do businesses offer them? This dynamic question is tackled in the BizMOOC discussion paper “Existing MOOC business models” which explorers current MOOC business models, costs and potential revenues for various stakeholders and future trends such as “unbundling of education”.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

BizMOOC @ Learntec, one of the largest eLearning exhibitions

With more than 240 exhibitors, 200 speakers and almost 7.000 visitors, LEARNTEC in Karlsruhe is one of the largest exhibitions for corporate eLearning in Europe. And BizMOOC was part of it!

Christian Friedl of FH JOANNEUM and Thomas Neumann of AVL used this great opportunity to introduce BizMOOC results, objectives and next steps to different stakeholders such as business clients, eLearning providers, universities and interested learners.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Existing types of MOOCs and approaches to teaching

Ever wonder what the ‘x’ in xMOOC stands for, or how the MOOC phenomenon started?

This paper will walk you through how the historical development of MOOCs led to two main schools of thought regarding pedagogy. You will then explore the European context before delving into the influence of Learning Design and open pedagogy.

ByAndrea Kalafusová

Setting the scene for MOOC provision in Europe

From courses on mindfulness to an introduction to marketing at universities and businesses across Europe the potential of using MOOCs as a learning tool and opportunity for partnership between their worlds has begun to rise.

For learners finding a MOOC to participate in has never been easier, with platforms showcasing and listing the available MOOCs growing, and easily available on the Internet.

This paper maps out the existing MOOC provision, gives a theoretical background to their use, and sets out the distribution of current MOOC users within the E28, giving the reader an insight into the use and availablility of MOOCs within Europe.