Keynote Speakers

 

"Thoughts on the Quality of Learning in MOOCs"

By Dr. Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology, College of Education, The University of Georgia, USA

 

 Abstract

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of open education are viewed as positive disruptive innovations by some and as threats to traditional education by others. The discord over MOOCs is especially vociferous in the higher education sector. This paper examines the evidence for and against MOOCs, especially with respect to the quality of the learning accomplished by  participants. The paper also discusses inconsistencies in assessment in MOOCs, and suggests appropriate assessment strategies based on more authentic approaches. At the conclusion of this paper, recommendations are made for advancing the efficacy and impact of MOOCs through educational design research.

 

Bio

Dr. Thomas C. Reeves (Tom) is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. He is former Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and he has been an invited speaker in the USA and 30 other countries. From 1997 - 2000, he was the editor of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. In 2003, he was the first person to receive the AACE Fellowship Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and in 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). His books include Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation (with John Hedberg), A Guide to Authentic E-Learning (with Jan Herrington and Ron Oliver), and Conducting Educational Design Research (with Susan McKenney). For more info: http://www.evaluateitnow.com/

 

"Social Networks as the Support of the E-learning"

By Doc. Ing Jan Lojda, President of the Czech Association of
Distance Teaching Universities, Czech Republic

 

 Abstract

 The paper deals with the new and actual approaches in E-learning. It seems, that the period of sophisticated Learning Management System (LMS) is over and the potential customers = e- students prefer new environment for their learning activities. Interactivity and communication tools are considered as the crucial point how to make the individual e-study more open and users friendly. Sharing learning experience, external study materials and study problems facilitates the study processes and is helping to manage the stress in the learning of lonely student.

 

 

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