Fred Mulder speaks at European MOOC summit

6 and 7 June 2013 a European MOOCs Summit takes place in Lausanne (Switzerland). The summit collects (on invitation) about 70 key actors from the public and the corporate sector at the national and the European level. At the summit prof. dr. ir. Fred Mulder of the Open Universiteit has been invited to give a presentation on OpenupEd, the first pan-European MOOCs initiative.

EPFL has invited key actors in the field of MOOC’s for a two-day program. The first day of the encounter aims at sharing information.

•The program starts with a panel session called ‘Tour d’Europe’ in which each participant will present the state of affairs in his or her institution: what has been achieved so far and what are the key challenges.

•The second session of the day is dedicated to supranational European initiatives and starts with a presentation ‘Opening up Education in the EU and OpenupEd MOOC’s from Fred Mulder, leader of the EADTU Taskforce on Open Education and UNESCO chair on Open Educational Resources at the Open Universiteit. After the presentation, a panel session takes place with representatives of several European organizations.

•The third session is dedicated to corporate strategies. Among the participants are representatives of Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and Google.

The second day of the encounter four work groups will each elaborate one theme.

EPFL has organized this encounter as preparation for a larger summit in the fall. This Fall summit will be open to European MOOC stakeholders: executive members of universities that are engaged in MOOCs projects, persons in charge of MOOC production, corporate actors providing technologies or services, regional, national and European decision-makers, scholars conducting research on MOOCs. The UNESCO sustainable development goals of the meeting are to develop synergies among European universities around themes such as student’s assessments, MOOC accreditation, platform interoperability or joint research initiatives.