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    MOOCs, E-learning & Beyond: Exploring the future of virtual built environment teaching

    By Brent Carnell, on 4 February 2014


    MOOCs, E-learning & Beyond: Exploring the future of virtual built environment teaching
    University College London, 1 July 2014, with dinner and networking 30 June 2014

    In the last couple of years MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – have sparked significant interest both within and outside academia.

    Do they really work in spreading knowledge broadly? Can they replace face-to-face teaching? Is there any role for them in courses on design and making, architecture and creativity? What advantages and disadvantages could they bring to universities?


    MOOCs, E-learning & Beyond seeks to uncover answers to these questions and more, while stimulating debate on the place of innovative digital technologies in built environment pedagogy, including MOOCs and other revolutionary digital learning platforms that may shape the future of teaching and learning.

    We invite stimulating speculative papers, presentations, and debate proposals that will encourage discussion on MOOCs and pioneering learning platforms relating to built environment education. Critical and engaging presentations from any discipline are encouraged, particularly those reviewing existing case studies. Papers and presentations will be 15 minutes, and debates will be up to 30 minutes.


    Submissions are invited on a wide range of topics that may include:

    • Debating the advantages and disadvantages of MOOCs
    • Presenting case studies where MOOCs or similar e-learning platforms have been delivered or could be delivered
    • Outlining built environment education and the future of digital learning
    • Exploring the suitability of open access learning in built environment disciplines
    • Showcasing hybrid or innovative technologies used for teaching
    • Investigating investment realities (the time and cost of online platforms vs market demand)
    • We also welcome input on other related themes


    Please submit abstracts to, 300 words maximum.

    Further information can be found by visiting


    Key dates:

    Abstract submission deadline – 16 April 2014

    Decisions on abstracts – 9 May 2014

    Presentations submission deadline – 23 June 2014

    Dinner, networking and conference – 30 June – 1 July 2014


    The Bartlett is UCL’s global faculty of the built environment.