Making MOOCs Matter: Reimagining the Online Learning Experience

So much of the conversation (and some of the inflated expectations) around MOOCs are focused on completion rates, certifications and whether they matter in the job market.

But these are just a small sample of metrics that are important. This event will look at other data and insights that will help us appreciate the potential of MOOCs from different perspectives.

What have we learned about the demographics of online students? What do online course marketplaces tell us the skills that people want? How can we create a more engaging, compelling learning experience for students?

Presenting at this Meetup will be:

• Chuong Do (Coursera) 

• Shannon Hughes (Udemy)

• Vishal Kapoor (Vocareum)

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  • Jeremy

    Hey All, great seeing everyone at the last event, just wanted to let people know that we recently launched an Alpha version of our WiseGuy application that powers university online tutoring and mentoring programs. Looking to bring on another technical co-founder to join our team and take it to the next level. Shoot me an e-mail if you're interested in connecting ([masked]).

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    August 26

  • John M.

    Is there any summary of what was discussed at this meeting? Very frustrating to have such a huge waitlist.

    August 2

  • Bree

    Thanks edSurge, for yet another informative, enjoyable Meetup! Being new to education, I have a lot to learn and your meetups are a wonderful place for learning! See you at the next meetup!

    August 1

  • Dawn C.

    I also really want to attend this event but am unfortunately still on the waitlist! I'm planning to show up and see if there's extra space. If anyone can't attend, please cancel so those of us still waiting know if we might be able to squeeze in. Thanks, guys! Hope to see some of you tonight!

    July 31

    • Jacky S.

      I guess I will do the same...

      1 · July 31

    • Quinn

      Someone claim to be me. It won't let me change my rsvp and I had to stay late at work

      1 · July 31

  • Jacky S.

    I am very interested in attending but I am on the waitlist. If I show up and it is not full what are my chances of getting in. I live far enough away that I don't want to head all of the way over if I can't get in. Also, what is the bike parking situation? Thanks!

    July 31

  • Sharon W.

    While I can't personally attend the meet up (in Ohio!) I want to share that MOOCs are providing those who are under-employed or under-educated an opportunity to improve their lives through education and new skill acquisition. Meeting in cohorts, having a coach and providing support facilities all matter - but more needs to be done to really assure we are spreading this amazing opportunity among those who have not successfully acquired a college education. I think MOOCs can provide a platform that positively influences a culture change toward more Americans valuing education.
    We need to take a long view here and strategically pursue leveraging MOOCs in communities to positively influence local cultures of learning. I've seen several now - who only had a high school education - take a MOOC and begin to see new possibilities for themselves through learning. I'd love to encourage ongoing thoughtful discussion about how to promote MOOCs in our struggling communities.

    3 · July 16

    • Anne-Marie R.

      Well said. We must also take into account the importance of our city colleges that provide accessible, affordable learning to lower middle class families. Getting city colleges "online" is ideal as well.

      July 21

    • Sharon W.

      I worked in a community and where we created a facilitated cohort to take a MOOC. (I call is a FOOC...:) One of the unexpected outcomes was that the mother of the high school student involved (she had a GED) decided to go to a community college for the first time after seeing her daughter take the MOOC. My theory is that through MOOC participation and success, more will choose to pursue further education for the purpose of improving employment options. My focus is on those learners that colleges typically haven't recruited (mid-20's and up) because they are not your typical 'college student'. I have another colleague who works for me now (in her 40's) considering going back to school because she easily passed a MOOC - pursuing college had never been her dream. Now - she's thinking about it. And her 5 kids are watching her. What if we could 'scale up' this kind of thing? Could we see a type of cultural change?

      July 21

  • Ron

    To All Attendees,

    Our college uses advisory committees to help review curriculum. We are in the early stages of increasing our use of online learning. In order to do this I am in need of committee members that have Online or Blended education development or management experience and subject matter expertise in any one of the following areas;
    Animation & Visual Effects
    Digital Filmmaking
    Interactive Audio
    Audio Production
    Graphic Design \
    Video Game Development
    Communications If you are interested in learning more or knwo someone that might be interested please contact me.
    Ron Hansen, Ed. D.
    Dean of Academic Affairs
    Ex'pression College
    [masked]. We have two campuses, Emeryville and San Jose. I need members for both locations. Thank You, Ron Hansen

    July 11

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