Scaling education for the next generation of Arctic researchers

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Deborah Keyek-Franssen (University of Colorado System, USA), Jay Lemery (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
Abstract text

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have survived both an intense media hype cycle and a premature death knell. This interactive session explores why and how MOOCs can help the UArctic community scale the education and engagement of the next generation of Arctic researchers with both collective and individual institutional action. Using MOOCs created on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus as a case study, this session explores how excellent learning design and flexible instructional models can allow tens of thousands of students to master hands-on, patient-centered skills in a high-touch, high-engagement learning environment. Combined with the microcredentials offered by MOOC platform providers, this approach to scaled learning addresses both individual learner desires for career advancement as well as global workforce demands. Through small group discussions interleaved with mini-lectures and question and answer opportunities, attendees of this session will draw connections between the case study and the collective and individual curricular and workforce needs of the UArctic community. In particular, by the end of the session, participants will be able to evaluate the strategic role MOOCs can play in addressing workforce and continuing educational needs in fields across Arctic research domains. Authors will provide justification for integrating MOOCs into the UArctic’s collective curricular strategy, as well as into campus curricula that support advanced Arctic education, and will detail the effective practices and instructional design that could be employed to ensure wide, global participation in education that leads to a sustainable, dynamic Arctic research community.

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