Today, I’ve received from my colleague Denis Parra Santander a nice link about the papers and abstracts presented in the WS “Learning Innovations at Scale CHI 2014”. The WS took place already on April this year, but today I could have a look at the great publications that they discussed there.
Within these publications, I’ve been very curious about the one by Fischer entitled “Facilitating Across-Institution Teaching Collaborations With Massive Open Online Education“. In this paper, the author raises one of the key research issues in this MOOC trend: how to promote collaboration.
MOOCs are about thousands of people working together across the globe, not only learning, but also producing content together. This offers lots of possibilities for crowdlearning and for new scenarios in which multiple universities, teachers, and researchers work together in the production of good quality MOOCs. All this offer new opportunities for generating a new range of learning scenarios in which global learning experiences in the cloud can become local experiences in the campus, where teachers support students to advance on the different courses.
But this new opportunities open up new trends that still remain unexplored and that Fischer points out on his article:
- How can we use technologies such as a combinations of mobile phones and MOOCs to promote collaboration a global and local scale?
- How to support both teachers and students in the co-creation of materials for these hybrids and distributed learning scenarios?
We are now exploring some of the questions arising from these broad research questions in the course “Practical Numerical Methods in Python” in which our university is actively participating with the Prof. Carlos Jerez.