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MOOCs, OERs, Open and Distance Learning: Past, Present and Future

Europe Region

April 23, 2:00 AM, Hawaii Standard Time Zone

Cengiz Hakan Ayden, ProfessorAnadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Cengiz Hakan Ayden, Professor
Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

Opening up education is one of the main global trends in higher education. Open Education Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be considered as the consequences of this trend. Over the last couple years we have been reading a lot of ideas about how OERs or MOOCs will revolutionize the higher education systems. These news or ideas led us (educators) think ‘Is it true?’, ‘Are theses MOOCs or OERs new and enduring?’ or ‘Are they just hypes and will be forgotten soon?’, ‘How will all these change the faculty roles and responsibilities?’ and so forth. This presentation tries to answer these questions based-on 30 years of experience in open and distance learning. It will also provide an insight about European and Asian reactions to the MOOCs and OER movements.

About The Presenter:
Dr. Cengiz Hakan Aydin is a professor in Anadolu University of Turkey, a dual mode higher education institutions offering distance education to millions in Turkey, Europe and West Asia. Dr. Aydin is currently serving as the Dean at Faculty of Economics, one of the distance teaching schools in Anadolu. He has served as the Director of the Center for Research and Development in Distance Education, the President of International Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the board member of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM). He is currently in the steering committee of the OpenUpEd initiative, a MOOCs platform for European universities. Aydin also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), the Educational Media International. Dr. Aydin’s research interest mainly focuses on social dimension of open and distance learning, learning design for open and distance learners.


Experience: Redesign of the education landscape

North American Region

April 23, 11:00 AM, Hawaii Standard Time Zone

Charles Miller, Associate ProfessorUniversity of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Charles Miller, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Science suggests that we have explored only five to seven percent of the ocean floor and less than one-half percent of its entirety. Much like the ocean, the future landscape of education is unexplored and an intriguing unknown. The opportunity for us as educators, designers, and researchers is to embrace the role of an explorer and create change through our work in order to shape, rather than adapt to, the shifting educational landscape. We must explore this opportunity through innovation in research, evolution in design, and transformation in pedagogy, specifically focused on the aesthetic qualities of the learner experience. In this presentation I will share the design and research evolution of three contemporary projects that have impacted more than 25 million learners and educators around the world. These projects range from a seven-continent expedition focused on the intersection of education and sustainability, an e-assessment environment for world language learning, and a platform designed to afford students and teachers with a global voice for reflection and discussion. Ultimately, it is my hope that these narratives will stimulate discussion about our roles as designers, educators, and researchers in the fields of instructional design, learning sciences, and interaction design.

About The Presenter:
Dr. Charles Miller is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies and Co-Director of the LT Media Lab in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Miller’s research explores opportunities to transform education through design, bridging the gap between aesthetic learning experiences and contemporary interaction design. With nearly two decades of new media design, development, and research experience, Miller has received awards from organizations such as Yahoo!, AIGA, USA Today, The Washington Post, American Scientist, IBM, Adobe, SITE, and AECT for his work on projects ranging from environmental expeditions and political campaigns to information visualization platforms and mobile education initiatives. Miller has published more than one hundred journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings on the role of design in education; has received more than ten million dollars in federal grant, foundation, and corporate funding; and has given hundreds of talks on design in education around the globe.


Current and Emerging Trends of E-Learning in South Korea

Asia Region

April 23, 7:00 PM, Hawaii Standard Time Zone

Insook Lee, ProfessorSejong University, Seoul, South Korea

Insook Lee, Professor
Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea

South Korea has been well recognized for its challenging policy making and practices of e-learning in the various sectors of society. Through the reciprocal dynamics between policy support and research practices, there are a variety of experiences accumulated over 20 years which eventually can produce interesting success and fail stories to be shared with international audiences. This presentation will focus on the current status of e-learning and emerging trends in South Korea along with the related educational policy and research issues.

About The Presenter:
Dr. Insook Lee received her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She is a full professor at Department of Education, Sejong University, Seoul, R. of Korea. She received the Distinguished Research Professor Award (3 years accumulated research performance), Sejong University, R. of Korea in 2004 and the Robert de Kieffer International Fellowship Award, AECT, U.S.A. in 2003. Dr. Lee is past-president, Korean Society for Learning & Performance (KSLP) and currently serves as President of the Korean Society for Educational Technology (KSET).


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