Blow up the lecture? Part III

In today’s classrooms academics and teachers are increasingly expected to incorporate new communication technologies into their curriculum. However, by adopting these new mediums are we reducing the quality of students’ educational experience or is this just the way of the classrooms of tomorrow?

In the final ‘blow up the lecture’ event for the year, our panel of experts examine the future of education in an online world addressing questions such as:

  • What digital resources can we harness to enhance our massive open online courses (MOOCs)? Are there any resources that need rapid development?
  • What is our single most relevant hurdle to fully harnessing digital education?
  • What are the key target populations for ANU in online learning?
  • What do you think are the measures of success for MOOCs?

If you can’t make it we’ll be live streaming from 5.30pm or follow the conversation by using the hashtag #FutureEd

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Refreshments served from 5pm. Please register for the event for catering purposes.


Armando Fox is a professor in Berkeley's Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and the Faculty Advisor to the UC Berkeley MOOCLab. With his colleague David Patterson, he co-designed and co-taught Berkeley's first Massive Open Online Course on "Engineering Software as a Service", offered through edX, through which over 10,000 students in over 120 countries have earned certificates of completion.

Gabriele Bammer is a professor at National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at ANU. She is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) and is working with Michael Smithson from the Research School of Psychology on an ANU edX MOOC on “Ignorance!” which will go live in 2015.

Benjamin Niles is the President of the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA). Ben studied at Melbourne High School and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University. In 2013 he commenced the Juris Doctor with the College of Law. Prior to commencement at ANU he has worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a Coordinator for the not-for-profit tutoring organisation Embrace Education.

Sam Parkinson is a year 8 student from Telopea Park School.