The advent of MOOCs raises new questions and challenges in terms of higher education policy. Considered as disruptive by some and just a new way of teaching and learning by others, Europeis responding in diverse ways to MOOCs. In some countries, national initiatives have been launched, and in addition to MOOCs undertaken by individual universities, a growing number of university networks, foundations, established private sector and start-up companies are also getting involved.
What are the main challenges higher education institutions face? What should the level of implementation be? Should there be a national or European strategy for MOOCs? Who should be involved in their design and delivery? What are the opportunities in terms of outreach, knowledge transfer and capacity building in developing countries? This forum gathers decision makers, leaders and managers from European universities as well as from regional, national and supranational authorities. It aims at sharing information about strategies developed across the continent and identifying synergies among groups of stakeholders.
The format will be a set of panels focusing on several topics:
• Local, regional, national or supranational strategies
• Platforms and portals
• Partnerships, networks and associations
• Initiatives fostering the use of MOOCs across academic communities to enhance learning and teaching
• Curriculum design and quality assurance
• Assessment, accreditation policies and certifications
• Capacity-building and collaboration with developing countries
• Intellectual property and data ownership.