An avalanche is coming - MOOCs

04 December 2013

An avalanche is coming, with predictions of tremendous radical disruption to the global higher education system.

The University of Edinburgh is at the vanguard of this change in the UK, having already delivered Massive Open Online Courses to hundreds of thousands of people around the world* and with a well established portfolio of high-quality, credit-bearing postgraduate programmes that are delivered entirely online, in a wide-variety of subjects including Medicine, Law and GeoSciences.

https://www.coursera.org/edinburgh

On Wednesday 4th December 2013, at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, ECCI co-hosted a breakfast seminar to explore and discuss how entrepreneurship education is and can be revolutionised through online learning. Delivered as a collaboration of Informatics VenturesEdinburgh BioQuarter and theEdinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation; with support from Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.

Our three speakers were thought-leaders on the topics of online learning and entrepreneurship education. Ian Ritchie, Vice President (Business) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, will chair the panel discussion.

  • Professor Jeff Haywood. Vice-Principal Knowledge Management, Chief Information Officer and Librarian at the University of Edinburgh. Jeff is responsible for the University’s integrated Information Service which contains the Library, the IT services and the eLearning Services, and for the current major initiatives in high performance computing, research data services, selection of the next generation VLE, the digital and information literacies programme and e-assessment including implementation of the e-portfolio. Jeff is also Professor of Education and Technology in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Education and Chair of the Coimbra Group Taskforce on E-learning.

  • Dr Joanna Mills. Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), University of Cambridge. Mills overseas more than 30 programmes per year at the University of Cambridge, for entrepreneurs across the spectrum from undergraduate students with an interest in entrepreneurship to senior managers within entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, Jo has been focusing on the new Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and exploring the impact and value of online learning within educational programmes for entrepreneurs.

  • Simon Nelson. CEO, Futurelearn Ltd. Joining the BBC in 1997, Simon became Head of Strategy for BBC Radio in 1998. He went on to set up and manage all digital activities for BBC Radio & Music, where he launched its world-leading podcast service in 2005 as well as the Radio Player. He then moved to head up all digital activities for the BBC’s television divisions where he helped launch the iPlayer and built an award winning portfolio of online and cross platform services. Since leaving the BBC, he has led a number of projects in TV, radio and publishing sectors for companies including Random House, UKTV, Specific Media and New York Public Radio. He currently oversees digital activities for Phaidon Press, a role he will retain whilst joining Futurelearn Ltd as CEO.

  • Ian Ritchie CBE, FREng, FRSE, FBCS, BSc, CEng; is Chairman of iomart plc. (AIM:IOM), Computer Application Services Ltd., the Interactive Design Institute, Blipfoto, Cogbooks, and RedFox Media. He is also Chairman of Our Dynamic Earth, the Edinburgh Science Centre. He is a board member of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. He was a founding director, and Chairman (1988-1990), of the Scottish Software Federation (now ScotlandIS). He is a trustee of the David Hume Institute, a trustee of the Saltire Foundation, a trustee (and deputy Chairman) of the Nominet Trust. He is the Current Vice-President, Business of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ritchie has also been active in venture capital as a director of Northern Venture Trust plc from 1997-2001 and as a member of the advisory board of Pentech Ventures from 2001. He is a member of the ‘Access to Finance’ expert group (A2FG) at the UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Slides & presentations:

  • Professor Jeff Haywood. Vice-Principal Knowledge Management, Chief Information Officer and Librarian at the University of Edinburgh. SLIDES (287 Kb PDF).

  • Dr Joanna Mills. Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), University of Cambridge. SLIDES (3.6 Mb PDF).

  • Simon Nelson. CEO, Futurelearn Ltd. SLIDES (1.8 Mb PDF).

Audio of the seminar can be downloaded here: 109.9 Mb MP3 file.