PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2016

MASTERCLASS A: (09:00 - 16:30)

09:00 AM - 1:00 PM Designing & Delivering an Award Winning MOOC

Mohamed Amin Embi, Chief Information Officer, Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning Technol, National University of Malaysia
This workshop is designed to assist workshop participants to set up their MOOCs in the OpenLearning platform. Participants will embark on a design process of a MOOC that will benefit their on-campus students as well as MOOC participants from all over the world.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have developed a MOOC while gaining the skills to effectively facilitate his/her MOOC.

This training is with minds-on and hands-on sessions, and is based around a blended online course, which will guide the participants through the MOOC development process. Each participant is expected to bring along his/ her own laptop (tablets should be considered as extras, not replacing laptops).
  • Getting Started with MOOC
  • Designing an effective MOOC
  • Delivering an engaging MOOC

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Mohamed Amin Embi

Chief Information Officer, Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning Technol
National University of Malaysia

MASTERCLASS B: (09:00 - 12:00)

09:00 AM - 1:00 PM Innovative Pedagogies in a Connected world: Strategies for Teaching in a Digital Age

Mike Keppell, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
This workshop will focus on learning and teaching in a connected world within the Higher Education context. Knowledge is now co-created, disseminated via networks, and personalised. It has moved from being described as “explaining some part of the world” and “used in some type of action” to involving ecologies and networks(Siemens, 2006, p. vi). The workshop will focus on:
  • How learning and teaching has changed in a connected world (15mins)
    o Wide range of learning spaces
    o Greater need to connect with students
    o Technology moving to a central role
  • Innovative teaching in a connected world (30 mins):o Blended learning
    o Authentic assessment
    o Personalised learning
    o Open education
  • The knowledge, skills and attitudes teachers need to thrive in a connected world (30 mins)
    o Digital fluency
    o Technology affordances
    o Seamless teaching
    o Scholarship
    o Learning analytics
    o Feedback as feed-forward
  • The knowledge, skills and attitudes learners need to thrive in a connected world (30 mins)
    o Learners will need a toolkit encompassing digital literacies, seamless learning, self-regulated learning, learning-oriented assessment, lifelong learning, and flexible learning pathways. This toolkit will enable the learner to tackle the complexities of the learning landscape that is becoming increasingly digital, connected, and ambiguous.



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Mike Keppell

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning Transformations
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

MASTERCLASS C: (13:00 - 16:00)

1:00 PM - 11:59 PM To assess or Not to Assess – Student’s Generic Competencies

Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching an, The University of Hong Kong
As the world moves towards knowledge-based economies, increased emphasis is being placed on graduates’ acquisition of generic competency along their disciplinary knowledge. However, assessing these competencies are challenging on online education. This challenge has become topical around the world when discussing the development of quality online learning courses.

In this workshop, we will discuss how generic competencies can be assessed (if it should be assessed at all) and how can students document these learning outcomes as part of their learning process?We will work on practical examples and demonstrate how some of the generic competencies can be assessed based on previous studies and actual implementation in Hong Kong and elsewhere around the world.

Having the concrete framework of assessing these competencies will nurture the holistic development of online learning courses.

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Cecilia Chan

Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching an
The University of Hong Kong