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Learning and Teaching Week - Keynote: The Big History MOOC - a panel discussion with Professor David Christian

 

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Learning and Teaching Week 2015


Keynote: The Big History MOOC - a panel discussion with Professor David Christian
Prof David Christian, Andrew McKenna, Tracy Sullivan, Dr Yvonne Breyer, Michael Rampe, Prof Sherman Young

 

Abstract:  Macquarie’s Big History MOOC explored innovative connections on a number of levels. The development of the MOOC involved academic contributors from across disciplines, departments, and faculties. As our first foray on the Coursera platform, the Big History MOOC enabled Macquarie to engage with one of the leading global platforms to enhance our technical capacity and pedagogical expertise. The MOOC also provided an opportunity to explore how the university could connect with students around the world. This explorative approach extended to considering the potential of MOOCs to complement and advance key strategic goals.

This panel discussion will provide broad context to the development of the Big History MOOC and will cover topics such as: Coursera insights on MOOCs; experiences of other universities internationally; evolving MOOC models; showcasing Macquarie learning and teaching expertise; the content and assessment structure of the Big History MOOC; combining ‘framework’ and ‘zooming in’ lectures; facilitating critical thinking in an online course; ‘claim testers’ and other insights from Big History Project; coordinating and designing a transdisciplinary course; video production approach and using students as co-creators; reaching students globally; attracting students to the Macquarie on campus experience; and our future plans to build upon the Big History MOOC experience.

The panel will involve presentations from key members of the development team who worked with Professor David Christian to produce the Big History MOOC including Andrew McKenna, Tracy Sullivan, Dr Yvonne Breyer, Michael Rampe, and Professor Sherman Young. The panel will open to Q&A discussion.

 

Who should attend: All welcome
Date: Wednesday 16th September 2015
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Convenor(s): Learning and Teaching Centre - (LTC)
9721
ltc@mq.edu.au
Venue: C5CForum
Facilitator(s): See above
9721
ltc@mq.edu.au
Enquiries: Liz Shoostovian
1608
elizabeth.shoostovian@mq.edu.au

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