Author Archives: Gabi Witthaus

About Gabi Witthaus

Open educator. Learning designer. Workshop facilitator. Consultant. Blogger at Art of E-learning. PhD student in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement, Lancaster University. Previously Research Associate at University of Leicester (Beyond Distance Research Alliance and Institute of Learning Innovation); Learning & Teaching Facilitator at Loughborough University; Distance Learning Manager at Bradford University School of Management. Qualifications: Masters in Training and Development (USQ, Australia); Masters in English Education (Wits University, South Africa), PGC in Mediation (Robert Gordon, Scotland), BA Hons in Applied Linguistics (Wits University, South Africa).

Should MOOC students be grouped?

I am currently participating in the Carpe Diem MOOC offered by the Swinburne University of Technology, under Gilly Salmon’s leadership. Although I’ve enrolled in many MOOCs before (going right back to CCK08 by Siemens, Downes and Cormier), this is the first time I’ve participated in one with more than a … Continue reading

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Scaling higher education – the teacher presence conundrum

Terry Anderson refers to a recent study by Tomkin and Charlevoix  into whether teacher presence makes any difference to students on a MOOC.  The findings are, at first glance, encouraging to those of us who are keen to see higher education … Continue reading

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