The quality of mediated pedagogies. From television to MOOC (and vice versa)
In a moving and also transformative space as distance education, the speed of change entails certain problems. The first one has to do with the obsolescence of resources and materials, as well as the learning dynamics and methodologies. But, extremely linked to these elements, it also appears the one of quality, always dependent upon the context and the impact of the results. It should be added to all this mediated nature of on-line pedagogy: The intermediation of audiovisual and technological tools adds another variable to the concept of quality, the one of the level of production and the use of technology. In recent years there have been huge efforts to detect, prescribe and guide programmatically that quality, especially in the MOOCs environment (CRUE, UCATx, MOOCKnowledge Project reports, etc.). In all of them the paradox of the value of what is quantifiable lies through the numerous data analytics provided by distance education. And this discourse brings us back to inveterate scientific debates on quality in other massive contexts, especially television. This paper aims to reflect on the concept of quality in MOOCs, how to measure it and what to take care when it comes to quality. The talk will stress with emphasis on the experience of Pompeu Fabra University.
Manel Jiménez-Morales is a lecturer on Film and Television of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) since 2000. He holds a PhD on Social Communication from this University, a Masters of Advanced Studies in the same field, and two undergraduates’ degrees: Audiovisual Communication (UPF) and Comparative Literature (Universitat de Barcelona). Doctor Jiménez-Morales has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Literature in the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and contributed to a research for the British Film Institute (London). At this moment, he is the Delegate of the Rector for the Introduction of New Technologies in the Universty and Director of the Center for Innovation in Education (UPF). His tasks as an academic extend to several lectures in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, the Universitat Ramon Llull, several German universities (Hamburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen and Saarbrücken) and the University of London Royal holloway. Furthermore, he is the codirector of the Masters in Writing Humor and Entertainment for Television, organised by El Terrat, one of the biggest production companies in Spain, and helped to create the Masters in Quality and Innovation on Television, coordinated by the Catalan public television (Televisió de Catalunya). In the field of research, Manel Jiménez-Morales has contributed to several studies, most of them developed by recognized research groups and was the programming director of the European Film Festival/Congress in Barcelona. He was also editor of Formats, a research journal on Communications, edited by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and has combined his academic job, with other Works in the media industry.