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Global MOOCs Conference Subforum at UNESCO-ICHEI

December 15, 2020
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On December 10th, 2020, International Centre for Higher Education Innovation Center under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI) and Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) jointly hosted Forum III of Global MOOC Conference organised by Tsinghua University and UNESCO IITE.

Titled Resource sharing for MOOCs and Global Higher Education Cooperation, this sub-forum aimed to explore innovative and effective ways of sharing quality MOOCs resources and achieving education equity worldwide.

Dr Fengchun MIAO, Chief of Unit for Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education, UNESCO Headquarters, reviewed the development of MOOCs and proposed “2020 as the (true) Year of MOOCs”. He also pointed out that as MOOCs became more prevalent as a teaching and learning strategy, related challenges should not be overlooked. Dr Ming LI, director of UNESCO-ICHEI, discussed how to build an ecosystem of joint knowledge production and shared benefits for MOOCs among developing countries. Dr Cher Ping LIM, the Chief Expert of UNESCO-ICHEI’s IIOE Management Centre, then used the case of IIOE to share challenges and lessons learned during this process. Dr Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab, talked about using MOOCs to support the educational activities at the tertiary level while Dr Dongxiao ZHANG, Vice President of SUSTech, shared the University’s journey of developing MOOCs and realizing global resource sharing of MOOCs.

At the sub-forum venue

In the following session, six speakers from both Asia-Pacific and Africa spoke about their experiences in developing MOOCs. Dr Moustafa Hassan, Vice-Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (UAE), Dr Melinda dP. Bandalaria, Chancellor of University of Philippines-Open University (the Philippines), Dr Qinghua ZHENG, Vice President of Xi’an Jiaotong University (China). Dr Zaidatun Tasir, Dean of Faculty of Social Science & Humanities of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia), Mr Naeem Tariq, Rector of Virtual University of Pakistan (Pakistan), and Dr Laby Clément Lobo, Deputy Director of techno-pedagogy of Virtual University of Côte d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire) shared their unique cases of developing MOOCs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Tao ZHAN, Director of UNESCO IITE chaired the roundtable discussion. Not only did the panellists further discussed key issues such as gender equity and educational equality in MOOCs, they also explored the roles that IT enterprises could play in quality assurance of MOOCs and its development. It was a highly interactive session.

Roundtable Discussion

Towards the end, Dr Jianhua ZHAO, Deputy Director of Centre of Higher Education Research, thanked everyone for their participations and concluded the sub-forum. This sub-forum has shed lights on the significance of resource sharing for MOOCs, the role of global cooperation in facilitating it, as well as the opportunities and challenges for higher education brought about by COVID-19.