E-learning and MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have recently gained popularity in academic world and will surely have an effect on teaching and educational strategies in universities.

August 27, 2014, at 8:00-9:30 o'clock
Location: Open Innovation House (OIH), 1st floor seminar hall, Otaniementie 19, Espoo


8:00 Breakfast is served
8.10 Opening
8.15 MOOCs - where is the world going to? slides (prof. Lauri Malmi, Aalto SCI)
8.25 Are MOOCs just Emperor's new clothes? slides (prof. Teemu Leinonen, Aalto ARTS)
8.35 MOOCs from Stanford point of view slides (senior scientist Ari Korhonen, Aalto SCI)
8.45 Experiences from running a programming MOOC in Finland slides (Head of studies, Dr Jaakko Kurhila, University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science)
8.55 Industrial perspective: Eliademy slides (Sotiris Makrygiannis, Eliademy)
9.00 Discussion
9.25 Closing words

MOOCs - What is their role for universities?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have raised wide debate in academic world during the past two years. This phenomenon will have an effect on teaching and educational strategies in universities, but the field is still in such a turbulent state that it is difficult to see what final role and impact MOOCs will have on higher education.

In this Digi Breakfast we will hear several short presentations from this interesting topic. First professor Lauri Malmi will give a brief overview of MOOCs. Thereafter professor Teemu Leinonen gives a critical perspective on what they can provide to universities. Dr Ari Korhonen has been a visiting researcher in Stanford University Lytics lab and he has followed closely the development of OpenEdx open source MOOC platform as well as what Stanford is investing in MOOCs (see here their report Stanford_Online_2013_In_Review.pdf). Dr Jaakko Kurhila will tell experiences from a programming MOOC for Finnish high school students given by University of Helsinki and finally Sotiris Makrygiannis will present the perspectives of MOOCs from business point of view.

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