The place for MOOCs in the changing Educational Landscape

Hugh Davis

Hugh Davis is Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Southampton, UK, where is APVC and Director of Education and directs the Centre for Innovation in Technologies and Education (CITE).  Hugh has over 250 papers published in the area, and has run many funded projects concerned with educational technologies.  He has a long history of teaching on-line, having created an MSc in Information Engineering which started in the very early days of the Web (1994).  Hugh is responsible for the University of Southampton’s collaboration with the UK MOOC platform provider, FutureLearn, and has directed the creation of three MOOCs in less than a year. More details are on-line at

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The place for MOOCs in the changing Educational Landscape
There can be no doubt that Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) have been the educational phenomenon of the last few years with large numbers of these web based courses attracting tens of thousands of registrations.  But what is the business model for a university investing in making MOOCs and then making them freely available?  This talk will examine the ways in which universities are benefitting from their investment and the ways in which MOOCs are affecting pedagogy and the composition of credit bearing courses both online and on campus.