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We need to talk about quality: MOOCs - a question of quality and standards? 

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Event date:
8 July 2013 
Location:
British Academy, London SW1 

This day-long QAA event explored the quality assurance challenges and opportunities of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The conference took place at the British Academy, with keynote addresses from Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Rajay Naik from the OU and Professor Sir Tim O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh. Delegates cited the range and quality of speakers as the key factor in an enjoyable and thought-provoking programme. Almost 800 tweets were generated on Twitter using the hashtag #QAAmoocs, reaching over 199,000 Twitter accounts.

Conference programme

Presentations, podcast recordings and transcripts from the conference are available below.

Speakers

Rt Hon David Willetts MP - Minister for Universities and Science - the podcast of David Willetts' address and following Q and A can be found here (MP3, 24.8MB, 36.04 minutes) and the transcript of David Willetts' address is here.  

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea - Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh - the podcast of Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea's presentation can be found here (MP3, 29.7MB, 32.33 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Anthony McClaran - QAA, Chief Executive - the podcast of Anthony's welcome can be found here (MP3, 6.14MB, 6.42 minutes) and the transcript of Anthony's welcome can be found here

Dr Stephen Jackson - QAA, Director of Reviews - Presentation (PDF, 951KB) - the podcast of Dr Stephen Jackson's presentation can be found here (MP3, 14.2KB, 15.33 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Dr Jayne Mitchell - QAA, Director of Research, Development & Partnerships - Presentation (PDF, 1.09MB)

Dr Tim Burton - QAA, Assistant Director - Presentation (PDF, 1.09MB) - the podcast of Jayne and Tim's presentation can be found here (MP3, 25.4MB, 27.46 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Dr Ben Brabon - Course Leader, Edge Hill University - Presentation (PDF, 2.17MB) - the podcast of Dr Ben Brabon's presentation can be found here (MP3, 18.2MB, 19.56 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Andrew Bollington - CEO, University of London International Programmes - Presentation (PDF, 1.36MB) - the podcast of Andrew Bollington's presentation can be found here (MP3, 27.1MB, 29.36 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here

Jonathan Worth - MA course director in Photography, Coventry University - the podcast of Jonathan Worth's presentation can be found here (MP3, 12.7MB, 13.55 minutes) and the transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Rajay Naik - Director of Government and External Affairs, The Open University

Kate Wicklow - Head of Quality & Student Engagement, NUS

Chris Taylor - Student Engagement Manager, QAA

Chris Parr - Social Media Reporter, THE

Jo Caulfield - Bangor University & the Welsh Govt Online  Digital Resources Task Group

Tom Flynn - VP Education, Bristol University SU

 

The conference focused on four main areas

Quality overview: What are the quality assurance and enhancement challenges and opportunities of the MOOC from admission, the learning experience, assessment, the value of MOOC completion certificates, to issues around collaborative provision?

The tutor perspective: Issues for academic staff and university administrators; for example, how MOOCs offer opportunities to rethink ways of delivering and facilitating learning that can be more innovative and effective.

The student experience: From contact time, feedback, student-to student interaction, to drop-out rates, and how students can benefit from blending online opportunities with traditional campus-based learning.

To what extent MOOCs provide new business models and competitive positioning for UK universities and colleges internationally.

There was also a session on the use of social media in MOOCS.

Listen to a podcast about the event featuring an interview with QAA's Director of Public Engagement, Richard Jarman.

CPD

A signed certificate of attendance will be issued to all conference delegates on request. Please email Sara Vielvoye, QAA Events Coordinator: s.vielvoye@qaa.ac.uk.

Sponsorship

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