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Open presentations on MOOCs and MOOC Research Initiative

Several presentations this next week that might be of interest to readers:

1. Open Access Week at Athabasca University. Daily presentations starting Oct 21 on MOOCs, OERs, open access, libraries, and more. Schedule and access details have now been posted.

2. As part of the MOOC Research Initiative, I’m organizing two open events this coming week:

Oct 22, 11 am Mountain Time (see conversions):
An Overview of the MOOC Research Initiative: The project, literature, and landscape. This presentation will provide a timeline of the development of the MOOC Research Initiative, its goals, the review and selection process, and lessons learned. I’ll also provide early results from structured mapping of research literature, research methodologies, and parent disciplines of researchers. This will provide an overview of the state of MOOC research – who is active, how are they researching MOOCs, and the disciplines that are involved in MOOC research.
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Oct 25, 11 am Mountain time (see conversions):
Lessons for MOOCs from Traditional Online Learning: Developing a MOOC framework. This session is part of a white paper and video project on what is known about online learning through a review of literature that is generally accepted by academics in online/distance learning and how that knowledge relates to MOOCs. In particular, can the research on social learning and learning in communities that is well established in online learning provide an important contribution to the data-driven (often focused only on clicks or observable behaviour) research now emerging from large MOOC providers? A framework will be presented that bridges what is known about online learning and what we are learning about MOOCs. This framework will be presented at the MOOC Research Conference in December (register here
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