Tuesday, 10 June 2014

#CALRG14 Eileen Scanlon narrates her journey of MOOC-in-the-Now

From the CALRG conference in the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. A conference on sharing latest ideas in online learning related fields (broad and interesting). 

First session by EileenScanlon on what she learned as she went on a journey of MOOC-in-the-Now
Eileen is a tower of power and vision, as she is always ready to share latest ideas and insights, amongst who wants to listen. Her talk was of interest. 

My notes are live blognotes with its resulting short or quirky sentences.

Learningat scale (Atlanta)

Single track conference (so you could go to all the tracks, which was really nice).

Chris dede keynote New wine in no bottles: immersive, personalized ubiquitous learning: thinking outside the box of teaching is essential to realizing learning at scale. Virtual worlds and augmented realities can complement digitized classroom instruction through simulated apprenticeships, embedded support for learning everywhere, and transformed social interactions. Going big also requires thinking small: analyzing diagnostic mircropatterns to customize individual learning, sifting through millions of participants to find the ideal partners to aid each other's growth. To reach massive with universal access and powerful outcomes, we must creatively expand our visions of platforms, pedagogy, and financing.
used metaphors from film and learning sciences

Very lively conference, as people were voicing their ideas, felt they could, all had experience.

Scanlon, McAndrew, O'Shea contribution: distance learning, OER and MOOCs, case study: the open science laboratory
osl cofuonded by the OU with support from Wolfson foundation, built a collection of tools to combine remote access, virtual experimets and citizen sciece into the curriculum
39 applications across the board.
Case study Ednburgh: ESSQ was shared.

Invitational only summit (but 150 people)
opened with a conversation between presidetns of Berkely and STanford
John Hennessy We're going to invent the future
Colleges will be taking a more scinetific approach to online learning than in the past relying on their schools of education to measure student learning and provide feedback.

Great session: Eric Grimson (MIT) reflections on EDX: Expand access to education for students worlwide through online learning
while reinventing campus education through blended models
and learn about learning
gave example of undergraduate physics course transformation (also see Breslow et al. In ACML@s - Eileen has the pdf of all the presentations (but not open yet)
Undergraduate required physics course: TEAL style classroom teaching
Group problem solving interspersed with mini
Shared detailed stuff on forums, and other data. Results that it is not a residential experience (a MOOC), if you want to find out what happens in EdX, you can just google report and get it. Very open with detailed information. So seems that there is a difference once something is not for profit.

KenKoedinger was another highlight
Pittsburgh Science Learning Centre, LearnLab
Part of the Simon initiative at Carnegie Mellon University 'exploring the mystery and potential of human learning'
Built on the core principles of learning advanced by CMU's Nobel Laureate and pioneering educator, Herbert A. Simon, whose work linked cognitive models of learning with computation tools, the Simon Initiative makes the learner its focus and measurably improving learning outcomes its goal. The Simon Initiative will harness the university's vast technology-enhanced, educational ecosystem, which goes beyond the university, embraces the whole of society, which makes universities move beyond their individual concerns, very interesting.
Carnegie cognitive tutors KK: makes money from prior research, they kept faith in individual tuition. (Inge look up on Web)

Lyticslab (Stanford): 4 or 5 postgrads got together in september 2012 with focusing on what was needed for them to research MOOC. They ended up asking two main professors to head the lab. So it came from the students.
Candace Thile: new associate professor moving from Carnegie Open Learning Institute
Project to use learning science with open educational delivery
"She will complement the strengths we have in studying the effect of context in learning and research on the role of technology in education, and can tie a lot of these things together. She can help us transform what would otherwise be independent, somewhat fragmented efforts into systematic improvement of this kind of pedagogy' Steele Head of GSE.
At this point the Lytics lab did transform, but it is still of interest.

Guest speakeer at Lytics
Carolyn Roose

Mitchell Stevens (director of digital education)
"With the arrival of online education, the world is on the verge of a "epochal and pivotal moment' in the history of higher education on a scale of importance as deep as the expansion of higher education after World War 2 with the GI bill".
In stanford it looks as a much more instruction led approach, more then EdX. Academically driven.
From this conference, people went to:
Dagstule (where Mike Sharples went), Germany
EU MOOCs conference (Lausanne)
coursera conference (London)
FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) Led by Eileen, Mike Sharples and Russel Beale

Collaboration between partners
ESRC proposal on the future of higher education
Centre for Open Adaptive Connected Higher education (COACH)
University of Edinburgh (Bayne and Heywood)
Carnegie Mellon University (Koedinger and Rose)
Oxford University (Pullman).

New directions, new partnerships
Things are moving very fast, and you need to visit people in order to understand what they are doing, in terms of vision, of research, and look for international partnerships. To infinity and beyond.