HEA publishes first research into learning and teaching of Massive Open Online courses (MOOCS)

The first research into the learning and teaching of MOOCs is published today by the HEA, and finds that ‘the teacher persists’.

The Pedagogy of the MOOC: the UK View by Sian Bayne and Jen Ross from the University of Edinburgh, which also contains snapshots of five current UK MOOCs with an emphasis on the detail of teacher practice, concludes that although teaching functions are sometimes delegated to automated processes and community-based social learning in MOOCs, the place and visibility of the teacher remain of central importance.

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The Innovation of Loneliness

Nice video and graphics: The Innovation of Loneliness

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?

Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone.

Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article -The Invention of Loneliness.

Script, Design & Animation: Shimi Cohen

Final Project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

artsmooc at 2014 OCW Consortium Global Conference

Artsmooc are looking forward to presenting at the 2014 OCW Consortium Global Conference.

The presentation will reflect on the CLTAD & JISC project work of DIAL 2011 - 2013 and there will be a discussion around artsmooc examples of adapting the DIAL developing digital literacies model to support approaches to online learning including MOOCs (Masive open online communities/courses). See more here about the presentation - 2014 OCWC conference schedule and see full abstract here. This year’s conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 23-25 April 2014. The conference’s theme, “Open Education for a Multicultural World”, will explore the international dimensions of open education, its diverse projects, new research, policy dimensions and impacts on teaching and learning.

A True History of the MOOC

This is a great listen, a good insight into the passion behind the developments of cMOOCs, visit Stephen Downes website for more info on this and loads more brilliant insights.

​A True History of the MOOCA one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar hosted by Steve Hargadon on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager. While a wave of courses from prominent universities are now labeled as MOOCs, we'll drill down on the connectivist roots of the early MOOC offerings and discuss the importance of the differences between them and the current breed. Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is here and a portable .mp3 recording is here. Mightybell Space: Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found here.

The Open Education Challenge


Innovation in education starts here

An opportunity to develop, strengthen and fund our startup?

The Challenge

The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is an invitation to all innovators to submit projects, receive mentoring and seed funding through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and get direct access toinvestors from day one.

artsmooc at BETT SHOW 2014

Case Study - Boundaries not barriers: A communities of practice approach to staff and student engagement with digital technologies 


Developing opportunities for cross College collaboration and sharing of practice across 6 geographically dispersed colleges is a challenge for University of the Arts London. To address this challenge, the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design has adopted a community of practice based approach to staff and student engagement with digital technologies. This session will provide an overview of the approach and explore a few examples with contribution from students who have participated. Read more: here

artsmooc.org speaker at BETT 2014: Chris Follows

DIAL & artsmooc OER14 Conference paper - Developing Practice Based Massive Open Online Communities of Interest

OER14: building communities of open practice The Centre for Life, Newcastle, 28-29 April 2014 (in collaboration with OCWC, Slovenia, 23-25 April 2014) 

The conference themes below are focussed on OER as a collaborative catalyst for building communities of open practice. 

  • Building and linking communities of open practice
  • MOOCs and open courses
  • Academic practice, development and pedagogy
  • Open policy, research, scholarship and access
  • Students as users and co-creators

DIAL & artsmooc OER14 Conference paper- Developing Practice Based Massive Open Online Communities of Interest

Developing Practice Based Arts Massive Open Online Learning Communities - UAL Learning & Teaching Day 2014

Crossing Borders: Enhancing Teaching and Learning at UAL

This year the Centre for Learning and Teaching Art and Design (CLTAD)'s Learning and Teaching day theme Crossing Borders will explore how collaboration, in its many forms, can support students' learning. The conference will be held on Wednesday 15th of January, 2014 at Chelsea College of Art,6 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.

About artsmooc

artsmooc a unique specialist Arts MOOC network for those in the creative industries who are considering enhancing their current face-to-face offer with MOOCs. A new experimental social enterprise approach to integrating online open educational practice into practical face-to-face based arts subjects, bringing together a unique ‘hands on’ research and development network/consortium. See how artsmooc works.

artsmooc focuses on addressing the digital/web literacies challenges based on the creative needs of its stakeholder groups by co-developing and creating new arts MOOCs Massive open online course/communities, learning environments and interest groups with and for its stakeholders. Read more about artsmooc here.

See full artsmooc infographic here.

The problem:

A new approach to how we develop and run MOOCs

Why artsmooc? Arts-based subjects and ‘creativity’ in schools are under continued threat, university fees go far beyond many individuals affordability; creative skills and training are quickly becoming a preserve of the privileged few. There is also limited progress in the development of arts MOOCs and free and open online education. 

Artsmooc will focus on addressing the digital/web literacies challenges based on the creative needs of its stakeholder groups by co-developing and creating new artsmooc learning environments and interest groups with and for its stakeholders. 

Artsmooc will meet with a large and varied cross section of the creative industries, those who are providing existing face-to-face arts activities and projects, including: arts groups, organisations, industry etc. Artsmooc will offer new partnership and collaboration opportunities for enhancing and complimenting their current face-to-face offer with ‘MOOCs’ and virtual learning communities.

Artsmooc stakeholders and its affiliate partners will co-develop bespoke artsmooc course, working together across the sector to create new, dynamic and collaborative artsmoocs.



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