MOOCs and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education


On Wednesday 4th December around 70 people gathered for a breakfast seminar at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to hear about and discuss the topic of MOOCs and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education. The breakfast seminar was made possible with support from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh BioQuarter, Informatics Ventures and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.

We were treated to three excellent presentations from:

  • Professor Jeff Haywood. Vice-Principal Knowledge Management, Chief Information Officer and Librarian at the University of Edinburgh. SLIDES (287 Kb PDF).
  • Dr Joanna Mills. Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), University of Cambridge. SLIDES (3.6 Mb PDF).
  • Simon Nelson. CEO, Futurelearn Ltd. SLIDES (1.8 Mb PDF).

My introduction slides (632 Kb PDF).

There followed a lively discussion up until 10am, the time we promised to end, and with a breakfast seminar we stuck to the timings. I think we could have gone on with the Q&A for another 30-45 minutes, so I left with a sense that there is a great deal of interest in this topic and there is much to discuss and do! Many thanks to Ian Ritchie, who expertly Chaired the Q&A and acted as host as Vice President (Business) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Audio of the seminar can be downloaded here: 109.9 Mb MP3 file.

If you were there or if you are interested in this topic, please do add your comments to this blog post.


Despite these serious ponderous looks. TheĀ panelists were sharp and witty šŸ™‚


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