Conference in Stockholm and first Google Hangout in our MOOCs

Last week I attended and presented at a conference in Stockholm. It was The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO) that organized a conference on higher education. One of the sessions was called ”Online learning is not the future. It is the present” and included three short presentations by representatives from Karolinska Institutet (KI), Lund University and Dalarna University. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion with the presenters (Jan Olov Höög from KI, Stefan Rodheim from Dalarna University and myself from Lund University), a student from Uppsala University (Karolina Andersdotter) and a professor in informatics from Högskolan Väst (Lars Svensson), moderated by Stefan Hrastinski from Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology.  There was also time for some questions from the audience. Since both KI and Lund has just last year ventured into the MOOC arena, the conversation naturally to a rather large extent concentrated upon massive open online courses, but there was also a general discussion on online learning, retention in online courses, flipped classroom/blended learning etc. The session was recorded and can be viewed in its entirety here.

Last Friday was an exciting day for the Institute for International Industrial Environmental Economics since they then hosted their first Google Hangout on Air in the course Greening the Economy. A hangout is a kind of webinar that can be watched by thousands of people simultaneously. This particular instance of a hangout did not invite participants to talk and ask questions during the session, although that is also a possibility (only ten people can participate online at the same time).  The hangout included a panel with first student TAs and then three of the instructors, all interviewed by Peter Arnfalk, the course coordinator. Questions that had turned up in the discussion forums were answered and discussed during this one hour long session. There will be a similar hangout every Friday from now on, and all of them will be published on Youtube.

Om Marita

I am an assistant professor in Chinese at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. For the past couple of years I have been working at Lund University Centre for Educational Development (CED), mainly with projects and support activities for teachers regarding online teaching and learning in higher education such as visual learning media, online learning environments, digital tools for teaching etc. SInce February 2014 I manage the Lund University MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) project.
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