In December 2013 Michael I attended the MOOC Research Initiative Conference (aka #MRI13 or “The greatest MOOC conference in the history of MOOCs”). Thanks to a grant funded by the Gates Foundation through Athabasca University, we are creating three episodes of an upcoming e-Literate TV series based on the conference. We expect to release these episodes in March.
As part of developing material for the episodes, we interviewed a number of research grantees and ed tech luminaries. We had some great guests who spoke about what we have learned from MOOCs, what the potential applications are, what the downsides are, and where open education could and should go in the future. It was a unique opportunity to get so many well-informed people in one place on a common topic.
Today we releasing these videos through the e-Literate TV YouTube channel. These videos all carry a Creative Commons license to facilitate sharing and repurposing of the material.
One reason that we are providing these full interviews along with the upcoming episodes is our belief in open data, even when the data is a conversation rather than a set of statistics. While the e-Literate TV episodes will be edited down to show relatively tight stories, some people will want to watch the entire video interviews on particular topics.
The other primary reason for releasing the full interviews is to support people who want to use the material on their campuses or systems or even policy-making groups.
Some of the interviews highlight interesting research on the application of open online courses, while others get into free-wheeling discussions of the future of open education. One of my favorite videos is the longest one – an interview that Michael conducted with George Siemens and Jim Groom. Take a look:
There a lot more to see at the YouTube channel, or you can view below (sorry for the watermark and aspect ration below – I’m working out some issues with the plugin).
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