Conference – The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities

15th May 2014, 9:00am - 6:00pm

Edge Hill University


Over the last two years, there has been intense interest in the possibilities and pitfalls provided by the advent of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This so-called ‘MOOC hysteria’ has sparked debates about openness in a Higher Education setting, raised questions about the MOOC as a potentially ‘disruptive force’, highlighted fears about outsourcing teaching and provoked discussion about the power of ‘connectivist’ pedagogies and big data. In short, MOOCs have polarised opinion.

Within this context, The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities aims to explore the relationship between MOOCs and the Humanities in order to better understand the idea of the Digital University in the twenty-first century. Bringing together academics, senior management, CEOs, regulators and policy makers, the conference will focus on 4 key areas – MOOC Experiences, MOOC Research, MOOC Policies and MOOC Business models.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt. Hon. David Willetts (Minister for Universities and Science)
  • Dr Stephen Jackson (Director of Reviews, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)
  • Dr Siân Bayne (Associate Dean, Digital Scholarship, University of Edinburgh)
  • Hannes Klöpper (Managing Director, Iversity)
  • Professor Neil Morris (Director of Digital Learning, University of Leeds)
  • Peter Bryant (Head of Learning Technology, London School of Economics)
  • Simon Nelson (CEO, FutureLearn)
  • David Kernohan (Programme Manager, e-learning, JISC)
  • Saint John Walker (Head of Development, Creative Skillset)
  • Carl Dawson (Managing Director, Proversity)

Target audience:

  • Academics
  • Senior management
  • CEOs
  • Policy makers

Registration & fees:

Early bird discount for bookings made by 31st March 2014 – £159.00

Fees for bookings made from 1st April 2014 – £189.00 (All prices inclusive of VAT)

Further information can be found here