Debate: Are MOOCs Good for Higher Education?

Debate: Are MOOCs Good for Higher Education?
Jon Beasley-Murray, Gregor Kiczales, Christina Hendricks. Moderated by Angela Redish

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2pm – 2:50pm

Location: Lillooet Room, 3rd Floor, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are subject to both hype and criticism. In 2012, the New York Times declared it was the year of MOOC, while critics branded 2013 as the year of the anti-MOOC. Today, the debate about the impact that MOOCs are having, and will have, on higher education continues and the topic of MOOCs often dominates conversations and questions about how changes in technologies, pedagogies, learning analytics, economics, student demographics, and open education will impact student learning. Many universities, including UBC, are experimenting with MOOCs in different ways – from trying to understand how to scale learning to how to best use MOOC resources on campus.

This session will explore different types of MOOCs, the possible role for MOOCs in higher education, and their benefits and drawbacks.

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