Laptop University? The future of HE

Saturday 19 October, 5.30pm until 6.45pm, Frobisher 1-3 Battle for technological progress

What some call a revolution for the university today has been underway for a good number of years now, but only recently has the term ‘MOOC’ (massive open online course) entered the English language. Leading universities are increasingly making lectures available online, and some observers believe traditional universities will move more and more towards an ‘open’ model. There is even speculation that established disciplines will fragment as students are able to pick and mix degrees from a global menu, and critics worry about the potential effects of students spending less time with lecturers and fellow students. So is there a danger that students will read fewer ‘real’ books or is that just a Luddite prejudice? How will universities address concerns over the quality of online courses? And what does the rise of the MOOC mean for the job security of academics – for lecturers who don’t manage to ‘go viral’? In short, does the technical revolution open up a future in which everyone can have access to the very best in education, or might it accelerate a process of knowledge fragmentation and the modularisation of understanding?

Professor Dennis Hayes
professor of education, University of Derby

Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies & Assistant Director for Open Mode Learning, Institute of Education

Jason Walsh
journalist; foreign correspondent, CS Monitor

Matt Walton
head of product, FutureLearn

Toby Marshall
A Level Film Studies Teacher; PhD researcher in sociology of education, UCL Institute of Education

Produced by
Professor Dennis Hayes professor of education, University of Derby
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Dennis Hayes, spiked, 4 September 2013

The attack of the MOOCs

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Economist, 20 July 2013

Online universities: it's time for teachers to join the revolution

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Anant Agarwal, Guardian, 15 June 2013

MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth

The idea of massive open online courses is becoming increasingly popular. Technology can't be stopped, but educators must assure that these courses meet academic standards

Steve Caplan, Guardian, 6 June 2013

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