Online and open-access learning in higher education: MOOCs, new pedagogies and business models


This one-day seminar is aimed at senior managers and policy makers in higher education, as well as other stakeholders and innovators in both the public and private sectors. It will take a critical look at the current surge of online and open-access higher education in the US, as well as its emergence in the UK and elsewhere. What does it have to offer – to students and to universities seeking to adapt to this new landscape?

Arranged in conjunction with the Leadership Foundation and the Observatory of Borderless Higher Education, the event will feature a high quality array of international speakers.

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  • To evaluate critically case studies in the rapidly unfolding landscape of online, hybrid and open-access learning, including MOOCs
  • To participate in discussions with practitioners of online, hybrid and open-access learning
  • To consider how these transformations are already affecting higher education provision in the US, UK and elsewhere, and to examine institutional responses
  • To evaluate the potential for integrating open-access credentials into university degrees
  • To evaluate the means of integrating the online revolution into existing and new revenue models

Confirmed speakers: 

  • Dr Jeff Borden, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning, Pearson eCollege, Denver
  • Jake Broadhurst, International Projects Manager, University of Edinburgh
  • Sarah Gormley, Project Support Manager, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Jenny Hamilton, Director, University of London International Programmes Undergraduate Laws Programme
  • Salah Khalil, Director, Macat International, London
  • Professor Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Dr Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE, Washington
  • Dr Yves Punie, Senior Scientist, European Commission Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Seville
  • Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of London
  • Professor Josie Taylor, Professor of Learning Technology and Director of the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University
  • Professor Dr Fred Truyen, Coordinator ICT for Humanities and Social Sciences and Head of the Computer Department, Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
  • John Zvereff, President’s Delegate for Global Affairs, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona

Invited Speakers:

  • Professor Anant Agarwal, President, edX, Cambridge MA

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