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Teaching goes massive: new skills required

The course offers a review of (at least) the business, legal, pedagogical and technical aspects of MOOCs, destined to higher education professionals who might feel threatened by them in terms of job security.

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Course at a Glance

About the Course

The course grew out of the author's experiences as an early adopter and advocate of newer technologies (such as Coursera) for online teaching. 
During the past year, the author often came in contact with higher education professionals who felt lost in the new landscape, and unprepared technology-wise. This is an attempt to educate anyone in this situation, and thereby empower everyone to anticipate changes in the field and make better professional decisions. 
Part of the emphasis will be to explain the technology, because it was and will be a catalyst of further evolutions in education.

Course Syllabus

There is no set syllabus for the course (see Course Format), beyond a proposition of covering the following topics:

  • business: how companies and startups think;
  • legal: copyright and privacy issues;
  • pedagogical: how technology makes good teaching practical;
  • technological: Web 2.0, cloud services, interoperability standards, etc.
The course might also include educated guesswork on what the next couple years might bring.

Recommended Background

The course is mostly intended for higher education professionals: teachers, but also possibly administrators, e-learning staff, IT support, etc
People outside of this scope are also very welcome, as they can bring in new perspective to the discussion.

Suggested Readings

"Readings" will come naturally during the course as basis for discussion.

Course Format

In the first week, we will provide a short summary of proposed content of the course. 

The content of the later weeks will be decided on by the students, and should cover the proposed content and more.


    Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    No. This course is meant to enable personal growth. 

    What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection. We will make sure the material is freely available to the students.

    What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class? 

    How to nudge the world in a better direction.