At the Carlsberg Museum on 24 June at 9 a.m. - Denmark
Once-dominant companies across a range of industries have experienced the destructive power of disruptive innovations. The advent of Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs is sometimes portrayed as posing a similar threat in higher education, yet a number of leading universities have embraced it as an opportunity. EPFL in particular has been a pioneer in producing some of Europe’s first MOOCs, and the EuroTech Universities are collaborating to develop a portfolio of MOOCs in key domains of science and technology.
An ESOF scientific workshop on MOOCs, organized by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, will take place in the Carlsberg Museum on 24 June at 9 a.m.
This session brings together four leaders who can survey the scene from complementary vantage points. EPFL President Patrick Aebischer was one of the first university chiefs in Europe to recognize the significance of MOOCs. Ana Carla Pereira, Head of Unit for Skills and Qualifications Strategies at DG Education and Culture from the European Commission, will represent the EU’s position on the development of MOOCs in Europe. Joining them are two key figures engaged with bringing MOOCs to the widest possible audience: Johannes Heinlein is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at edX, a not-for-profit, open-source platform for MOOCs governed by MIT and Harvard. Volker Zimmermann is a member of the executive board at IMC AG, a full-service e-learning provider with roots in Europe and customers worldwide.