Global Leadership Series kicks off for 2015

23 Feb 2015

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – A game changer?

The 2015 Global Leadership Series began last week, kicking off with Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex OAM discussing the benefits of learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Thursday 26 February.

Over a quarter of a million people - nearly five times the University's current regular enrolment - from more than 250 countries have enrolled in a range of MOOCs offered by UQx, covering topics from English Grammar to Criminal Justice to Medical Imaging.

Course content, exercises and assessments are delivered on line, some over a set number of weeks with a set number of ‘contact hours’, others with a more casual, self-paced timeframe.

The most exceptional part of UQx MOOCs? They’re entirely free, available to anyone, anywhere.

Professor Sussex discussed the game changing benefits of MOOCs, suggesting that it was an ethical obligation of the world’s leading educational institutions to share knowledge with everybody, regardless of their ability to actually attend a university.

He suggested MOOCs had changed the higher education game in every way, from its open entry to its content delivery via the web, to the qualifications participants exit the courses with.

However, Professor Sussex questioned whether MOOCs posed a threat to the traditional value of teaching, discussing how universities had protected the concept of a degree for a thousand years.

Ultimately, he concluded that MOOCs were highly beneficial to the universities that provide them, suggesting that the global recognition associated with the programs was likely to attract high quality international talent which would more than offset the high cost (and potential disadvantages) of establishing and maintaining a MOOC program.


The transformative power of music

The second GLS event for the year, The transformative power of music, will take place on Thursday, 26 March and aims to answer questions around the importance of music education in our lives and our community.

Supported by the School of Music's Creative Collaboratorium, this presentation will bring together three global leaders in music education:

  • Professor Graham Welch - Honorary Professor at UQ and Established Chair of Music Education at the University College London’s Institute of Education.
  • Richard Gill OAM - One of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training.
  • Professor Margaret Barrett - Professor and Head of the School of Music at UQ.

Together, this group will demonstrate the ways in which music education provides positive life and learning outcomes for participants and will discuss the global impact of music research originating in Australia and the UK.

Ultimately, the presentation will assess the tremendous value of music in young people’s lives.

The Global Leadership Series is a lively program of events for alumni and community. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.