Rich Despite Scale, or Rich Because of Scale? MOOCs, SPOCs, and Residential Education
“When MOOCs "exploded" in 2012, they were all about scale: courses, instructors, and MOOC providers try to outdo each other on how many learners they were reaching. An unsurprising backlash came from the criticism that surely at such scales the learning experience would suffer. One unsurprising reaction to that backlash was the position that MOOC technology could also help better package curricular materials for local customization and reuse, that is, the SPOC model.
Both MOOCs and SPOCs have value, but lost in this discussion is a closer examination of which elements of both MOOCs and campus courses are rich because of scale, and which ones we should strive to make rich despite scale. I will give examples of both, based on both our work with doing research on MOOC data and our attempts to handle exploding demands for CS courses at Berkeley (our introductory CS course now enrolls over 1,000 students, and our upper division advanced courses routinely enroll several hundred).”
Armando Fox is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley as well as the Faculty Advisor to the UC Berkeley MOOCLab. His current research includes online education and high productivity parallel computing. His current teaching activities focus on undergraduate Software Engineering, for which he and Prof. David Patterson have writtenand is the basis of Berkeley’s first free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). For more information see http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/research/news/armando-fox.shtml
- Speaker: Professor Armando Fox, Computer Science Division, UC Berkeley MOOCLab
- When: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 3.30-4.30pm - Note: different day and time to usual.
- Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1
- For more information go to the Basser seminar series site
The Basser Seminar Series held at the School of Information Technologies provides an opportunity for IT academics and representatives from industry to present and discuss their current work. The seminars offer a glimpse at the cutting-edge of IT research. For more information see http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/research/news/seminars.shtml