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Spring 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
What's the Matter with MOOCs?
A Critical Conversation
3:30 pm Greene Hall
3347 N Downer Ave

The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is hosting a roundtable entitled "What's The Matter With MOOCs? A Critical Conversation." MOOCs (or Massively Open Online Courses) are large-scale online learning communities that charge no fee for classes, often have some form of assessment and certification, but do not offer college credit. The aim of this conversation is to raise questions and concerns that may have been ignored or swept aside in the current rush to MOOCs, both nationally and locally.

"What's the Matter with MOOCs?" is not framed as a debate of the pros and cons of MOOCs, both because the media rhetoric and public discourse on MOOCs has been largely one-sided in its enthusiasm and because, at least in the short run, MOOCs appear here to stay. What we are hoping to do is to raise some questions that need to be addressed before UWM and higher education more generally proceeds to invest their dwindling resources in these online platforms.

Each invited participant will offer a brief statement or position paper in regard to MOOCs as a way to open up a wide-ranging discussion among participants and audience members, giving special attention to how the MOOC phenomenon might affect the work we do at UWM.


Gerry Canavan (Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University)
Richard Grusin (Director, Center for 21st Century Studies)
Greg Jay (Senior Director, Cultures and Communities Program, UWM)
Wilhelm Peekhaus (Assistant Professor, SOIS)
Kristi Prins (English 101 coordinator/Ph.d. candidate, English department)

Reading list on MOOCs:

MOOCs: A Bibliography
Indiana U | Open Education & Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) syllabus readings
Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOC Madness at The Chronicle
Chronicle of Higher Education | What You Need to Know About MOOCs
Educause | What Campus Leaders Need To Know Aout MOOCs
Ed Tech Now | MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles
Salon | The Internet will not ruin college
AAUP | State of the Profession: Much Ado about MOOCs

MOOCs PDF flyer

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