The Future History of MOOCs: Archivists, Historians, and the Digital Classroom
Unlike a traditional class, a MOOC leaves a large, and potentially rich, archival footprint. Video lectures, course discussion boards, syllabi, writing assignments, and all of the other components of the class live in a unified space online. With proper planning, digital preservation of these public materials is feasible, and historians of future generations can peer inside the class, watch the professor lecture, trace arguments among classmates, and evaluate written work in ways that we could never have imagined. So the question becomes: What might future historians learn from these MOOCs?
This presentation will investigate some of the challenges associated with preserving MOOCs (e.g., making a case for their importance, technological concerns) as well as the ways in which future historians might use MOOCs to gain insight into our contemporary culture, society, and educational institutions.
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