The Norwegian MOOC commission published its first report 13 December, making the Norwegian government first to present a governmental report on MOOCs. The Commission recommends that the MOOC offerings in Norway should be free, and suggests a number of action to stimulate contributions to MOOC development, both on the individual, institutional and national level. The Commission also discusses how the OER movement has been a driving force in the development of MOOCs worldwide.
The Norwegian MOOC Commission if foreseen to deliver its next report by summer June 2014, as a green paper (NOU – which later might be followed by a white paper for decision by the Parliament /the Government). The report is in Norwegian; however, a translation of the recommendations to English is presented at the end of this post.
Fredag la det norske MOOC-utvalget fram sin delrapport, som kan komme til å gi arbeidet med å fremme åpne læringsressurser (OER) i Norge et viktig puff framover. Rapporten viser til at OER er sterkt knyttet til fremvekst av MOOC. Utvalget peker på at universitets- og høgskolesektoren ikke har brukt insentiver på individnivå for å utvikle undervisningen. Dette virker ikke stimulerende og motiverende for å ta i bruk teknologi og nye læringsformer, påpeker utvlaget, som foreslår at virkemiddelapparatet generelt og insentivordninger for utdanningsområdet gjennomgås, både på individ, institusjons- og nasjonalt nivå. Om utvalgets tilrådinger følges opp, betyr dette betyr dette at vi i Norge kan få ordninger som direkte stimulerer utvikling av åpne læringsressurser.
Rapporten kan leses som PDF
Kunnskapsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen’s speech to the Council of the European Union (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) 25. November 2013 in Brussel presented the Norwegian work on MOOC
These are the recommendations in English (translation by Gard Titlestad, ICDE)
Chap . 6.2 Innovative pedagogy and quality
- The Committee recommends a systematic focus on research-based knowledge development about ICT and learning.
- The Committee recommends the establishment of an environment for research-based knowledge development and transfer of knowledge related to learning analytics in 2015 with an annual grant of 15 million NOK. Structure and shape must be considered in relation to current participants and funding agencies .
- The Committee believes that the higher education sector has limited use of incentives at the individual level associated with the development of teaching . This does not work stimulating and motivating to adopt new technologies and new forms of learning. The Committee therefore recommends that the operative environment in general and incentives for the educational area are reviewed, both at the individual, institutional and national level. These must be connected together and clearly have the same effect.
- The Committee recommends that the allocation of funding to pursue further development of digital literacy among staff in the higher education sector. The Commission proposes to allocate NOK 10 million.
- The Mooc Committee recommends that the ministry appointed committee to assess competencies outside the formal education system also considers expertise developed through Mooc deal with exams and credits.
Chap . 6.3 Infrastructure for Mooc and other digital learning
- The Committee believes there is a need to continue and increase national spending on technology infrastructure. The Commission proposes to increase funding for further infrastructure development for online education in general with 10 million annually and 10 million annually to develop new infrastructure for Mooc deals specifically.
- The Committee recommends that there be further assessed whether it is appropriate to have a common national Mooc portal or alternative solutions are better.
Chap . 6.4 Trade and labor market skills needs
- The Committee recommends that business and industry sector uses Mooc and similar offerings in skill development of the employees.
- There is appropriated 10 million to further education of teachers using Mooc and similar offers. The Committee recommends that there be an additional 10 million to develop and gain experience with the use of Mooc and similar offerings in continuing education within other relevant educational fields.
Chap . 6.5 Mooc that part of the Norwegian degree system: accreditation and recognition of Mooc deals
- The Committee believes that Mooc not necessitate a change of the Norwegian regulations for accreditation and recognition of subjects and topics to be included in a degree system. Mooc exams and credits from both Norwegian and foreign institutions may naturally be part of this system as it is today.
- The Committee recommends that institutions utilize the room for maneuver which lies in the administration of the rules for crediting of subjects and topics to be included in a degree system, by facilitating better and smoother practices across Norwegian institutions.
- The Committee recommends an assessment of whether current practices are appropriate and what can be done to strengthen the institutions’ utilization of leeway inherent in the current rules for crediting of subjects and topics to be included in a degree system.
- The Committee recommends trial of admission to Mooc offerings at Norwegian institutions for applicants who do not meet the traditional requirements for admission to higher education.
Chap . 06.06 Copayment and the principle of free higher education
- The Committee believes that Mooc offerings in Norway in the first place should be free.
- The Committee recommends that the Ministry is undertaking a review of the rules for personal payments to institutions opportunities to claim fees for parts of a group of participants will be made clear.
Chap . 6.7 Educational support
- The Committee recommends that considered whether to grant educational support to learners in Mooc and similar offers with flexible workload and duration. With similar offerings means other forms of online promotions or offers that combine online and campus education.
- The Committee believes that Mooc and similar offerings outside Norway and the EU / EEA area should be considered to provide the basis for educational support.
- The committee believes that the assessments of changes in education funding scheme also must asses the impact on foreign students.
Chap . 6.8 Funding of higher education
- The Committee recommends that the funding system should facilitate incentives or arrangements which support the cooperation between the institutions on the development and supply of Mooc and similar offers, such as flexible ways to share the benefit of credit production.
- The Committee recommends considering the introduction of an incentive for education relevance in the funding system. Cooperation between educational institutions and actors in the labor sector on Mooc and similar offers can be an indicator of such relevance.
- The Committee recommends that there be annual allocation within the strategic assets of the funding, to support the development of educational content and the development of technological infrastructure for Mooc and similar offers.