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The Digital University: MOOCS & the Humanities Conference

Venue: Ormskirk, United Kingdom

On 15 May 2014, Edge Hill University will host a conference on The Digital University: MOOCs and the Humanities. Organised by Dr Ben Brabon – convenor of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC – the conference aims to explore the relationship between MOOCs and the Humanities in order to better understand the idea of the Digital University in the twenty-first century. In particular, the conference will ask what do MOOCs mean for the Humanities and what types of opportunities and challenges do they raise?

The Digital University: MOOCS & the Humanities ConferenceAbout the Conference Organiser

Dr Ben Brabon is Reader in English Literature and Digital Education in the Department of English and History at Edge Hill University. Within the discipline of English literature, his research and teaching focuses on Gothic literature and Gender Studies. You can read more about his work on Gothic and Feminism  in the Times Higher, or if you are in Liverpool, he is a regular contributor to the L1 Waterstones Lunchtime Classics series.

He also has research expertise in the Digital Humanities, e-learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He is the Principal Investigator for a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching Development Grant entitled e-Gothicist that examines the intersection of Gothic and e-learning. As part of his work on this HEA project, he is creating two pioneering educational apps of Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stoker’s Dracula. He is also the module leader of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC. Currently, he is working with the QAA on the quality assurance challenges and opportunities that MOOCs raise.

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