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Designing, Developing and Implementing a MOOC on CourseSites

Designing, Developing and Implementing a MOOC on CourseSites






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  • MOOCs and Open Education initiatives are the big “buzz” in higher ed at the momentVia CourseSites, we now have some market acceptance that we have a valid platform to support these initiatives2 courses delivered to datePress release announcing 3 schools will be using CourseSitesOne client (Cuyahoga Community College District) won a Gates grant for their proposed MOOC on CourseSitesMany institution’s know they want to do something with open education – but are not sure where to startedX and Coursera only address the elite 10% of the marketUdacity, others are focused on individual professorsBlackboard is beginning to establish itself as a player in the Online Program Management spaceAssisting clients with how to establish, launch and manage their open education offerings can be a first step in helping them to manage their program and credit-based online offerings
  • Internal CustomerBest Practice ImplementationCourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that empowers individual K–12 teachers, college and university instructors and community educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet. You even choose your own URL, so students can find your page easily. CourseSites is powered by the latest and greatest technology from Blackboard, including Blackboard Learn™, Release 9.1, Blackboard Collaborate™, Blackboard Mobile™, and Blackboard Connect™. While you’ll recognize the wonderful features of our core technology, we’ve tailored the platform for individual instructors, such as: a customized sign-up process with the ability to sign-in with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other web services; an Instructor Home Page; Student Invitations; Google Doc integration; Course Blog subscriptions; a more visual Roster; the ability to publish a course as OER; and other trusted partner technology. This creates one learning landscape for instructors and their students and it also includes training and live support.
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  • Once an instructor publishes their course as an OER course, they can announce the availability of it by inviting others in their social graph using social media. Visitors to their course homepage have the option to preview their course and download as either a Bb or Common Cartridge package. ===============================2nd Initiative: Participation in OER Exchange – CourseSitesAs a first step, today, we are enabling a tool on CourseSites for individual instructors to publish courses as open educational resources in both Common Cartridge and Blackboard package formats. This is an example of a Course Homepage where an instructor’s course has been made available as an Open Educational Resource. After a visitor previews the course, they can choose to download it as either a Common Cartridge 1.1 or Blackboard Package. Last year we shipped support for the Common Cartridge standard, updated support for version 1.1 this year, and now we are supporting the application of the standard to broaden the creation and sharing of open education resources. To start, the shared open educational resources will be attributed with the most open Creative Commons license (CC_BY) – the global standard for OER licensing - to facilitate the broadest sharing and reuse. As we see here, these open resources are published to a public course ‘home page’ where consumers can share what they find more widely with preferred social media services, as well as download and reuse.As some of you may know, CourseSites is Blackboard’s free, perpetually current, online course creation and facilitation service for individual educators. Since our launch in February, we have gained over 18K instructor accounts, from over 10K institutions in more than 100 countries. You can try this out today at www.coursesites.com.===================Notes on how the CC License will be attached to the OER and presented/viewed in the uploaded course:- The license information appears at the bottom of each content area when the package is imported.- In addition, the license appears in the Course Files area where all the binary content lives.