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Starting soon: two new mini-MOOCs for our Web Science series

The University of Southampton and FutureLearn have recently launched two new courses in the Web Science MOOC Series. The original 6 week Web Science MOOC needed an update (amazingly it’s nearly 3 years since we started on this journey!) We have now split that course into a number of 2 week mini-MOOCs, with updates to the existing content and plenty of new material. “The Power of Social Media“ (#FLSocialMedia) begins on 25th April. Continue reading →

University of Southampton MOOCs: the how and why

Kate and I were very pleased to present a summary of Southampton's progress with MOOCs and their impact within the classroom to FutureLearn's Partner Advisory Group Event yesterday. It was an honour (and a challenge!) to follow on from such inspirational and energetic speakers as Peter Horrocks, VC of the Open University, Simon Nelson the CEO of Futurelearn, Helena Gillespie Director of Teaching and Learning at UEA, and many others. Continue reading →

Bringing MOOCs into the Classroom

http://www.slideshare.net/lisaharris/bringing-moocs-into-the-classroom The last WSI / ILIaD lunch event of 2015 focused on the value our MOOCs are adding to 1) the University of Southampton brand and 2) the delivery of established courses at the University. You can watch a short summary video and the full presentations by Kate Dickens from ILIaD, Les Carr and Lisa Harris from WSI, and Kate Borthwick from LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. Continue reading →

Curriculum Innovation & MOOCs: our contributions to ILIaD Launch

The launch of our new Institute for Innovation, Learning and Development (ILIaD) was an ideal opportunity to share some of the work we have been doing recently with MOOCs and Curriculum Innovation. The event was great fun and well supported. The full programme is available here. The University of Southampton’s Vision 2020 states that over the next few years we will “revolutionise education”. Continue reading →

MOOCs, MOOCs and more MOOCs…

There are a number of FutureLearn MOOCs about to start which may be of interest to students, staff, alumni… For students coming up to dissertations and/or preparing for the workplace: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/data-to-insight (University of Auckland, starts 6/10 ) This course is a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis that emphasises fundamental concepts and practical skills. https://www.futurelearn. Continue reading →

Thunderclap – the results!

On 11th July (over 2 months ago - where has the time gone!) I blogged about our plan to set up a Thunderclap to help us promote the Digital Marketing and Web Science MOOCs. We set the completion date/time for Monday 8th September at 3:30pm. As long as we got at least 100 supporters by that date then our Thunderclap would go live. In the end we got 123 people to support it. The result was that we achieved a social reach of over 456,000 people. Continue reading →

Thunderclap – the social media flashmob!

As part of my summer internship here at the WSI I am promoting Web Science in all shapes and forms. Part of that involves promoting our MOOC (Web Science) and I am also helping to promote Dr Lisa Harris' brand new MOOC in Digital Marketing. I have been investigating the concept of a Thunderclap. A Thunderclap is... if you can imagine it... a flashmob on social media. It is a way of putting across a message to as many people  as possible using social media. Continue reading →

MOOCs – where next?

In a recent post we discussed the background to our MOOC work which has evolved from the Digital Economy Research Group's emphasis on bringing inter-disciplinary research into education. This has been specifically progressed through curriculum innovation modules and a number of collaborative projects working with students as partners. Continue reading →