Course Description (taken from the course syllabus):
This course examines key themes in the world of post-secondary education. It explores the development of colleges, universities and adult education, and includes the study of post-secondary education in Canada, the United States, and other international venues.
Assignment: Presentation on Current Issue in Post-secondary Education
In groups of 4 or 5, students will prepare an oral presentation on a current topic in post-secondary education. All of the selected issues have emerged in the news within the past two years. The presentation will occur during the week for which the topic is most pertinent. Each group will be provided with a file of newspaper/internet clippings on the subject and are required to do the following: a) track down additional sources on the topic; b) describe the issue/problem/conflict; c) discuss the significance of the subject for post-secondary education policy; d) discuss the possible research questions that the subjects raise. (taken from the course syllabus)
My group’s topic: MOOCs: The future of higher education?
For this assignment my group created a website called The MOOC Debate: Teaching and Learning Redefined where we could house all the information we were both supplied with and that which we discovered. The content of the website also speaks to all the questions posed by the assignment. For our presentation of the material we employed the website itself and polled students on various questions throughout the presentation in order to create an interactive element. Students in the class were asked to be on the site at their desk during the presentation and complete the polls when prompted. The results of these on-the-spot polls further directed the discussion and debate. In order to mimic the very nature of the topic, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), I presented remotely from another location on campus via a Google On Air Hangout connection. The “On Air” portion of the Google Hangout meant that the entire presentation was streamed live to YouTube and Google+. The YouTube recording of the presentation was subsequently embedded on the website and the whole package was left online for classmates and others to explore and learn from at their own discretion later on.
Feel free to explore the website by navigating via the link provided in the text above, or watch the video of the presentation in its entirety below.
Assignment – Final Essay
Final papers should be between 15-20 pages. The paper will identify, explicate and critically comment on a contemporary issue or debate within post-secondary education. Some students may wish to conduct original research and collect data for their papers. If you are collecting data from human subjects, ethical review protocols must be observed and approved by the Faculty of Education’s Ethical Review Committee. This process, which is not onerous, takes some two weeks after submission of the forms so you will need to submit your applications in time to complete your paper. All papers should be typed double-spaced with one-inch margins and suitable headings. It is essential to keep a photocopy of all your submitted work. This protects you in case a paper is lost. (taken from the course syllabus)