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SXSWedu 2015

MOOCs & Edutainment: Pop Culture's Role in Online

Conversation around MOOCs centers on their potential to democratize access to and reduce the cost of higher education. Participants in this session will debate the merits of another purpose for MOOCs: testing the viability of "edutainment." The panel will examine edutainment’s place in modern academia, with examples ranging from literature review to last fall's UC Irvine MOOC inspired by "The Walking Dead." Panelists will leverage data, popular examples and anecdotes to shape the conversation.

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  1. Understand the arguments for and against using popular culture as a learning resource in serious academic settings, and how this debate has evolved over time.
  2. Describe the evolving possibilities for MOOCs, specifically with regard to their potential for infusing the learning experience with richer and more engaging content to improve retention and outcomes.
  3. Challenge old conventions about pedagogy and curriculum development, with an eye toward increasing student engagement in the learning process at a time when entertainment is omnipresent.



Matthew Reichman, Account Executive, Method Communications

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Instructional Strategies & Best Practices
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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