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(M)OOCs in Iceland: Language and learning communities

(M)OOCs in Iceland: Language and learning communities

Title: (M)OOCs in Iceland: Language and learning communities
Author: Jakobsdóttir, Sólveig
Date: 2016-06
Language: English
Scope: 14-18
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Education (UI)
Department: Rannsóknarstofa í upplýsingatækni og miðlun (HÍ)
Centre for Educational Research on ICT and Media (UI)
ISBN: 978-90-79730-19-3
Subject: MOOCs; Higher education; Iceland; Háskólamenntun; Ísland
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/135

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Jakobsdóttir, S. (2016). (M)OOCs in Iceland: Language and learning communities. Í D. Jansen og L. Konings (ritstj.), MOOCs in Europe: Overview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015 (bls. 14-18). Maastricht, The Netherlands: EADTU. Sótt af http://home.eadtu.eu/news/110-publication-moocs-in-europe-available


An overview is given of experiences of MOOCs in Iceland. An open online Icelandic language course from 2004 at the University of Iceland (UI) has been popular and remains open. A work group, formed in 2013 by the president of the UI, analysed the MOOC landscape and gathered data about students' use of MOOCs and OERs. Recommendations included trialling integration of international MOOCs in UI courses. In 2014, opportunities for participation in MOOCs were provided in four courses, in some cases as group activity with discussion of experiences. Other developments include a 2015 open online course for professional development on ICT in teaching and learning. Over 300 teachers were registered and emphasis was on the use of social media and supporting a learning community. Results from these cases indicate importance of MOOCs for professional development but the role of language, culture and learning communities needs further attention.


The paper was originally presented at the HOME conference in Rome November 30 2015. http://home.eadtu.eu/news/98-conference-wow-europe-embraces-moocs. Authors were invited to submit a more developed paper for peer review to be presented in this report. This relates to policy work on European MOOCs see e.g. http://home.eadtu.eu/news/109-policy-forum-on-european-moocs


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