The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities Conference, 15 May 2014

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Dr Ben Brabon, Edge Hill University

Rt Hon. David Willetts (UK Minister for Universities and Science)
Dr Stephen Jackson (Director of Reviews, UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)
Professor Andrew Ng (Co-founder of Coursera)
Simon Nelson (CEO of FutureLearn)
Dr Sian Bayne (Associate Dean, Digital Scholarship, University of Edinburgh)

Over the last two years, there has been intense interest in the possibilities and pitfalls provided by the advent of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This so-called 'MOOC hysteria' has sparked debates about openness in a Higher Education setting, raised questions about the MOOC as a potentially 'disruptive force', highlighted fears about outsourcing teaching and provoked discussion about the power of 'connectivist' pedagogies and big data. In short, MOOCs have polarised opinion.

Within this context, The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities aims to explore the relationship between MOOCs and the Humanities in order to better understand the idea of the digital University in the twenty-first century. Bringing together academics, senior management, CEOs, regulators and policy makers, the conference will focus on 4 key areas – MOOC Experiences, MOOC Research, MOOC Policies and MOOC Business models.

Proposals for 15-minute academic papers – that connect with the overarching theme of conference – are welcome on, but by no means limited to, the following topic areas:

- learning analytics – data mining and big data
- pedagogical research – cMOOC, xMOOC, SPOC and hybrid forms
- good practice – content, community, the flipped classroom
- administration – registration, drop-out rates, institutional costs
- partnerships and alliances – national and international context, brand identity
- credit – regulatory frameworks, validation, delivery and award
- learning experiences – student expectations and motivations, formative learning
- internationalisation – open access, barriers to learning, global campus
-business models – scalability, training, outsourcing, fees, investment
- technology – platforms, information systems, innovations and mobile technology

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words (including affiliation and a short biography) to by Friday 28 February 2014.

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