Steve Wheeler's interview with Martin Weller
Now and then, I have the privilege to interview some great thought leaders in the field of education. I usually feature them on this blog under the banner of 10Q - ten questions. This time, I'm very happy to interview two of the keynote speakers for the EDEN 2015 conference, which will be held in Barcelona. In a few days I'll post my interview with Jim Groom, but first, here's the conversation that ensued when I caught up with The British Open University's Martin Weller.
1) You’re currently professor of educational technology at the British Open University. What first attracted you to working in education/teaching/research, and why are you still there?
2) You wrote a book on being a digital scholar in 2011. What is digital scholarship, and why is it so important for educators?
3) In your experience, how has education changed over the last ten years – and have those changes been good?
4) Open online provision of courses has seen a surge in popularity around the globe with Openlearn, Futurelearn, and others. Will the bubble burst, or will this momentum be sustained? What are the success factors?
5) What is your response to the criticism of MOOCs (e.g. large scale dropouts, superficial learning)?
6) There has been at least 20 years of research into online learning, and over 40 years of research into distance education. How much of this is relevant to MOOCs, or are they a game changer?
7) What do you think will be the next big thing in education? Will we see something new that will transform the learner experience, or simply more of the same?
8) What three things should educators be made aware of right now?
9) What will be the main theme(s) of your keynote at EDEN Barcelona?
10) What gets you out of bed in the morning?
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