Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been much advocated and debated over the last three years. But now as the phenomenon slips down the other side of the hype curve even their strongest supports are starting to sit back from the last few years of frenetic activity in order to reflect on their true impact and question their future. There are questions about the pedagogical assumptions they represent, how they can be paid for and whether they should provide credits for successful completion. This talk will examine the progress of MOOCs and make some suggestions as to how the evolution might continue.

Hugh Davis is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Southampton, where he is also Director of Education, and directs the Centre for Innovation in Technologies in Education and the Professional Development Unit. Hugh has a long history of research in Hypertext and in Learning Technologies, with over 200 publications in these areas and more than 35 grants. He also has significant experience as an educational change-agent in HE at both a local and national level. His current interests include the ‘Virtual University’, using educational analytics to understand how students go about learning, and how the web changes HE and learning, all of which are branches of Web Science. Hugh has given a number of recent keynote talks on disruptions in HE, particular on on-line learning, MOOCs, and the changes they cause.

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