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Wednesday, November 27 • 13:20 - 14:25
Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning in a MOOC: A reflective look at impact to practice

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Session Table Name: ROMA

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have generated considerable interest in the educational research community. This interest stems from the potential that these courses offer in providing flexible, affordable, and on-demand options for learning and development in a time of instant connectivity and constant change. Despite this rise in interest and research output, there are some major blind spots within this field of research that require serious attention. Early research in this area focused on categorizations of MOOCs based on their technological and pedagogical underpinnings, with this focus moving later to issues related to learners’ experiences and patterns of engagement within a MOOC (Olazabalaga, Garrido, & Ruiz, 2016). However, this shift in focus did not extend beyond learners’ experiences and engagement within a MOOC. Many researchers have pointed out the need to examine the impact these informal learning experiences have on participants’ actual practices after they participate in a MOOC and how different design factors support or hinder the transfer of knowledge and experiences gained to real-life situations (Castaño, Maiz, & Garay, 2015; Olazabalaga et al., 2016). Some studies suggest that learners do not use the knowledge they gain in MOOCs in their jobs and that improvements in MOOC design could help remedy this problem (Mathews, 2014).

The purpose of this world cafe session is to share the effectiveness of a MOOC offered on the Canvas Open Network entitled “Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning” (HumanMOOC) by exploring the impact that this
informal learning experience had on learners’ teaching and learning practices after they participated in the MOOC. Our topics of inquiry were: In what ways has participating in the MOOC changed how participants perceive and enhance presence in their online courses? What factors (i.e. course design, personal, and institutional) supported or hindered the implementation of these changes in participants’ actual practice?

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Kilgore

Whitney Kilgore

Chief Academic Officer, University of North Texas & iDesign
Whitney is the Chief Academic Officer at iDesign working with institutions of higher education to build high quality online and blended learning programs. Her primary areas of focus are faculty professional development, personalized adaptive digital content, and learner engagement... Read More →
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Patrice Torcivia

Harvard University
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Maha Al-Freih

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
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Heather Robinson

University of North Texas


Wednesday November 27, 2019 13:20 - 14:25
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe