Share Paper: Best of Ireland: Institutional Innovation and Strategic Reponses to MOOCs: An Irish Case Study

  1. Eamon Costello, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland
  2. Mark Brown, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland
  3. Mairead Nic Giolla-Mhichil, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland
Wednesday, June 27 10:45 AM-11:45 AM Koepelzaal

Abstract: What role should governments play in supporting a strategic response to the Massive Online Course (MOOC) movement? This paper describes the growth of MOOCs in Europe as part of the wider Open Education movement and then reports on the Irish experience as a case study to discuss whether or not a more formal policy response is required to harness the potential of new models of online learning. By tracing the history of several first generation Irish initiatives the case study illustrates how in the absence of formal policy different institutions chose to respond to MOOCs. The relatively slow and disconnected ...