Quality of MOOCs: Challenges – and hopes for improvement?
The quality of MOOCs is challenged and questioned from the very early beginning. MOOCs are “Massive Open Online Courses” and were introduced in the year 2008: The first MOOC was called “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” (CCK08) and organized by Stephen Downes and George Siemens. Many MOOCs followed leading to a peak in the year 2012 that was also called the “Year of the MOOCs” by the New York Times. Currently the hype is over but the number of MOOCs and their online learners are continuously increasing.
MOOQ and ICDE establish close cooperation
Partnership by MOOQ and ICDE for shared vision on quality of Open Education
The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. A first focus will be the improvement of the quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
“We are happy about this close cooperation with ICDE to facilitate high quality in Open Education and MOOCs in the future”, underlines Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands. And Gard Titlestad from ICDE adds: “ICDE is pleased to share the vision of Open Education and to collaborate with MOOQ in the development and consultation of a Quality Reference Framework for MOOCs.”
Please support our Global MOOC Survey!
We have launched the first Global Survey on the Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Already several hundreds have contributed but we need all opinions and in particular your view!
Are you a MOOC learner, MOOC designer or MOOC facilitator? Then please take 20-30 minutes of your valuable time and complete our survey: www.survey.mooc-quality.eu
Thank you very much for your kind help and for sharing your experiences!
UNITAR joins UNESCO IITE, FAO and ICTILO in international support alliance
UNITAR as fourth UN organization next to UNESCO IITE, FAO and ITCILO commited to support the Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs, see: www.survey.mooc-quality.eu !
This first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) gains more and more recognition and backing by foremost international associations and institutions, among them the International Council for Distance and Open Education (ICDE), Open Education Consortium (OEC), International Community for Open Research and Education (ICORE), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EATEL), Contact North (CN) and many more.
Join our Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs!
The Global MOOC Survey is launched! It is the first Global Survey on the Quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) addressing three main target groups: MOOC learners, MOOC designers and MOOC facilitators. The main long-term goal is the improvement of future MOOCs by developing quality indicators and tools. The survey will foster it through the collection of design and learning experiences and their analysis and discussion afterwards. “We are very excited to facilitate the quality debate with all interested parties worldwide”, emphasises Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands and MOOC expert. The leading international associations and organizations are supporting the survey including three United Nations’ organizations. The Global MOOC Survey started now and is open until end of March 2017 to allow feedback from all interested parties. All findings from the scientific, independent and non-profit survey will be published and shared online.
International organizations supporting the quality initiative MOOQ:
All MOOQ partners were coming to the MOOQ Consortium Meeting in Athens on 4th and 5th of July 2016 to discuss latest and further progress.
The launch of the MOOQ pre-survey at the EDEN Conference in Budapest was a success and first details of the big MOOQ survey were already developed. Feedback from the MOOQ presentation at EDEN were also presented by the MOOQ Coordinator Christian M. Stracke (OUNL) who could talk about only positive echo from the international audience there.
The ICORE and MOOQ Workshop on Quality of MOOCs at EC-TEL is inviting you!
Join our interactive workshop on 13th of September 2016 at the EC-TEL Conference in Lyon!
The workshop is jointly organized by MOOQ and ICORE supported by UNESCO IITE, OEC and other organizations at the 11th EC-TEL Conference, the leading event on technology-enhanced learning.
The workshop title is: “How to improve Open Education with Openness for All? Towards a global joint initiative”