MOOCs explained: Phil Hill

Phil HillPhil Hill, education consultant and blogger, is giving the keynote on the second day of UD’s annual Summer Faculty Institute, May 29, 2013. In this interview, Hill talked about the history of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and how they fit in with the overall history of open education and “distance” education. He also talked about many of the complexities of MOOCs and other open education initiatives–there is not one monolithic model for a MOOC, nor is just one type of student attracted to a MOOC.

Hill talked about the diffusion of educational innovation; hybrid models of education that include faculty innovation, open resources, and changes in the classroom; MOOC use outside higher education; faculty response, pro and con–including some valid faculty objections to certain kinds of MOOCs; and more issues raised by MOOCs and the open education movement. In short, Hill’s interview goes a long way towards separating the hype from the reality on the use of MOOCs in education.


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Phil Hill, Speaker, May 29, 2013, at UD Summer Faculty Institute
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About our guest

Phil Hill is co-publisher of the e-Literate blog and has spent the last 10 years advising online education and educational technology organizations and providing insights into the broader education market trends and issues. Hill helps higher education institutions develop effective strategies to understand and implement online education programs. Hill’s clients have included the University of Iowa, UCLA, University of Maryland University College, and other universities and colleges.

Hill is the co-founder, along with Michael Feldstein, of MindWires Consulting, a strategic consulting company that helps higher education institutions and the companies that support them to make necessary changes based on the new world of digital education.

Phil gave the keynote address at this year’s EDUCAUSE Learning Institute online spring focus session, “Learning and the MOOC” and has also written for EDUCAUSE Review and been quoted in a number of national publications.

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