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The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement is greatly expanding capacity to meet the growing demand for educational and learning content worldwide. Many of the world's leading higher education institutions are attempting to enable access to high quality education for people around the world, including the disadvantaged and under-served. To date, however, the MOOC movement has paid insufficient attention to the reality of needs in the developing world.
The MOOCs4D International Invitational Conference will bring together scholars, policy makers, program officers, administrators, and technologists from the education and international development sectors. The main goal is to better understand the dynamics surrounding this situation, and deliberate on solutions and action plans that will enable MOOCs to serve the development needs of resource-poor communities of learners – those at the "bottom of the pyramid."
The 2-day conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will include a series of thematic panels with invited speakers from academia, industry, practitioners and policy makers. Major plenary sessions will be open to the public upon registration. The discussion and workshops are designed to stimulate critical and in-depth discussions of key issues related to the future of MOOCs in developing countries. Principal themes and topics (tentative):
UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy
Professor of Education
Director – International Educational Development Program
Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
and others TBA.