MOOCs, SPOCs, and Next Generation eLearning: A Primer for Technical Communication Professionals

Speakers

Keith Boyd
Director of Business Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

Start

September 7, 2016 - 2:00 PM

End

September 7, 2016 - 3:00 PM

MOOCs, SPOCs, and Next Generation eLearning: A Primer for Technical Communication Professionals

In this informative webinar, Keith Boyd, Director of Business Strategy for online learning at Microsoft, will introduce you to the fascinating and fast changing world of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and how they should impact your content strategy. In 2012, leading publications like the NY Times and Time Magazine made bold predictions that MOOCs would immediately change education forever, and while that hasn’t come true (yet), the seismic shifts in the way people learn are starting to be felt in multiple industries.

Should MOOCs be part of your content strategy? If so, how do you get started? What resources are available to you as a content professional to explore this emerging modality? And why would you make a bet on MOOCs over other emergent learning options? Learn from an experience Technical Communications professional why you shouldn’t dismiss this trend, and how an investment now could help you to future-proof your content strategy and increase loyalty and affinity to your product or service.

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education.

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