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23 July 2015

Reflections on teaching in a Futurelearn MOOC

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Sheila Webber - Information School, University of Sheffield

I will reflect on my experience as an educator on the MOOC "Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life". This MOOC was delivered using the Futurelearn platform in September-November 2014. It was an interdisciplinary collaboration, and I led week 6 (of 7), focusing on play in virtual worlds. I will structure my analysis by using three frameworks: Entwistle et al.'s (2004) model of the undergraduate teaching-learning environment, Conole's (2014) framework of the 12 dimensions of MOOCs and Sharpe et al.’s (2006) dimensions of blended learning. I will include consideration of the known demographics for the Play MOOC (sourced from a pre-course questionnaire), and of my own background and mode of delivery (via my Second Life avatar) to elaborate aspects of the Entwistle et al. model. Finally, I will identify implications of the Play MOOC characteristics for the information behaviour and information literacy of the learners. Conole, G. (2014). A 12-Dimensional classification schema for MOOCs. http://e4innovation.com/?p=799 Entwistle, N., Nisbet, J. and Bromage, A. (2004). Teaching-learning environments and student learning in electronic engineering: paper presented at Third Workshop of the European Network on Powerful Learning Environments, in Brugge, September 30 – October 2, 2004. http://www.ed.ac.uk/etl/docs/Brugge2004.pdf Sharpe, R. et al. (2006). The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning: a review of UK literature and practice. York: HEA. Biography: Sheila Webber is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK. She is Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research and Head of the Department’s Libraries and Information Society Research group. Sheila’s core research areas are information literacy and information behaviour, exploring experiences and conceptions of information in different contexts (e.g. in different cultures and disciplines, in gaming and virtual worlds). She is a member of the UNESCO GAPMIL (Media and Information Literacy) European committee and of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Information Literacy Section committee, and has maintained the Information Literacy Weblog since 2005 at http://information-literacy.blogspot.com Sheila is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of the Higher Education Academy, and was an Academic Fellow of the Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. This year she was awarded a University of Sheffield Senate Award for Sustained Excellence in teaching.


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Contact: mailto:paul.piwek@open.ac.uk