Session Details

Much of a MOOC-ness: What Have We Learned So Far?

TIE7 Technology in Education

Location: Skyline I

TUESDAY, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

In fall 2011, Stanford University launched a free, online version of its "Introduction to AI" course, and the great MOOC race was on. Fast-forward three years and millions of students have enrolled in these massive open online courses. But has anyone learned anything? And what has higher ed learned about online education as a result of "MOOC madness"? This session will present an overview and history of MOOCs, a look at their place in the larger world of online education and a review of some of the research beginning to emerge about MOOCs and learning.

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Lori Packer
Web Editor, University of Rochester

Lori Packer is responsible for the design, maintenance and content strategy for several central University of Rochester websites, including the university’s homepage and news site. Packer is also part of the design and editorial team for Before coming to higher ed, Packer was the lead U.S. editor for MSN Search -- Microsoft’s pre-Bing search engine -- and received a master’s degree in communications from the University of Washington. She is currently working toward her MSLIS from the iSchool at Syracuse University. Packer has served on the HighEdWeb organizing committee since 2003. She is a Phillies fan, a beer snob and an insomniac, and she blogs sporadically at