About artsmooc

artsmooc a unique specialist Arts MOOC network for those in the creative industries who are considering enhancing their current face-to-face offer with MOOCs. A new experimental social enterprise approach to integrating online open educational practice into face-to-face practice based arts subjects, bringing together a unique ‘hands on’ research and development network/consortium.

artsmooc focuses on addressing the digital/web literacies challenges based on the creative needs of its stakeholder groups by co-developing and creating new arts MOOCs Massive open online course/communities, learning environments and interest groups with and for its stakeholders.

The problem:

  • Arts-based subjects and ‘creativity’ in schools are under continued threat of curriculum exclusion.
  • University fees go far beyond many individuals affordability; creative skills and training are quickly becoming a preserve of the privileged few.
  • There’s been limited progress in the development of free and open online practice based ARTS MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses.
  • Colleges and Universities see MOOCs as high risk and are looking for external support, hosting etc. There are no practice based MOOC/ online learning community providers.    
  • Research suggests MOOCs are mostly benefiting those who already have advanced degrees and the skills and drive to make the most of free education.
  • Research also suggests barriers to accessing open and free education could be due to a lack of web literacies and digital literacies in online learning and citizenship (e.g. participation in online learning communities) and in the social design of online learning environments.
The Business

Arstmooc is a social enterprise startup, community interest company (CIC). Its key aims are to provide:

Develop ‘Free and Open’ flexible online and offline arts resources, courses and communities, combining the best of free virtual and physical arts education, artsmooc will be open to anyone worldwide but will also explore and support opportunities to participate locally in arts face-to-face activities.

Support for stakeholder engagement and co-development of artsmooc: Provide hands on digital literacies support, consultation and research for improving stakeholder engagement of flexible open online learning and teaching.

Bring together a cross sector consortium ‘open Innovation group’ to support the development of new arts practice based MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses /communities creating new bespoke arts learning environments and interest groups with and for its stakeholders.

Social enterprise model (MOOC Learners/contributors):

Develop and support the online learning digital literacies of our stakeholders groups, to improve engagement, access and development of free and open online arts courses/community networks (MOOCs), web literacies, open practices and digital citizenship.   

  • Stakeholder learner/contributor communities (Target learner groups):
    • Key stage 3 school students upwards (state schools and community college learners from non-privileged backgrounds)
    • Young people and adults who have no formal university degree education
Social enterprise model (Learner/contributor stewards):

Develop and support the online learning digital literacies, MOOC implementation, design and stewarding of our stakeholders groups. Aim to encourage the collaboration and development of MOOCs for their 'face-to-face' local arts projects and activities.

  • Stakeholder learner/contributor stewards:
    • Arts groups, networks, charitable arts organisations working with our stakeholders
The Business model:

Artsmooc will work with key arts sector stakeholders from across creative industries in the development and collaboration of new artsMOOC environments and communities. Artsmooc aims to provide consultation and unique specialist support in the bespoke development of artsMOOCs, providing specialist services and support across the sector.

  • Business Stakeholders
    • Universities, sector bodies, colleges, galleries and the creative industries industry