School of Informatics

11th November 2013: Dan Russell

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become incredibly popular in just the past 12 months. Many MOOCs have had more than 100K students register for their courses. Is this the future of online education? Or is it yet-another passing fancy in the educational technology parade? In the past 12 months we have run three MOOCs with more than 280K registrants. I'll talk about what MOOCs are, how they're actually run, the social community of learners that are essential for making MOOCs succeed, and what seems to work (and not work) in MOOCs. Along the way, I'll talk a bit about how people seem to actually learn how to search... and do sensemaking as a task. I'll also show evidence that behaviours learned in the MOOC persist after the end of class.

Teaching 150K+ students at a time: The story Monday 11 November 2013, 4.00pm Room G.07, School of Informatics, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

This lecture will be followed by a wine and canape`reception in the Informatics Forum Atrium



Dr Daniel Russell works at Google (Mountain View, California) as a Senior Research Scientist: Search Quality and User Happiness. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence until he realized that magnifying human intelligence was his real passion. Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favour of HI, and enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day. His MOOCs have helped students become much more effective online searchers and have reached more than 350K students worldwide.