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Facilitating a Massive Open Online Course



In this (nearly 2 hour online) talk Stephen Downes, one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format, described the organization and management of a MOOC, beginning with the ...

In this (nearly 2 hour online) talk Stephen Downes, one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format, described the organization and management of a MOOC, beginning with the arrangement of technology, organization of learning materials, communications with students, support tasks, and interaction with guest presenters. This talk is based on fifteen years’ experience designing and delivering web-based instruction, as well as knowledge amassed though the delivery of six MOOCs to almost ten thousand students since 2008.



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Facilitating a Massive Open Online Course Facilitating a Massive Open Online Course Presentation Transcript

  • Facilitating a Massive Open Online Course Stephen Downes February 21, 2012
  • What is a MOOC?
  • Elements of a MOOC
  • Syllabus• Description• Tag• Audience• Outcomes• Facilitators• Resources• Technologies We’ve used wiki software eg. http://pbworks.com And also Google Docs
  • Outline & Schedule• Deadlines• Class Sessions• Topics• Guests• Assignments We used a Google Docs spreadsheet for internal purposes, but I really recommend using a Google Calendar for external purposes
  • Registration Page• gRSShopper• Google Docs Spreadsheet• Google Group signup• Etc.
  • Course Pages• Home page• Calendar• About This Course• Course Outline• Course Facilitators• Your Privacy• Contact Us
  • Software / Services Used• Moodle• Google Groups• WordPress• Diigo• Twitter• Facebook• Second Life• Other tools
  • Preparing for the MOOC
  • How the MOOC Works• How this Course Works http://change.mooc.ca/how.htm• What is a MOOC? www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc8• Success in a MOOC www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8avYQ5ZqM01• Knowledge in a MOOC www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWKdhzSAAG01• Change MOOC 11 - an introduction and an invitation www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqnyhLfNH3I11
  • Student Websites• Blogger• WordPress• Tumblr• Posterous
  • RSS Harvest• Find RSS Feeds• Submit RSS Feed• Create Aggregator: – gRSShopper – Google Reader – WordPress
  • Specialized Harvest• Twitter• Diigo• Delicious• Google Groups• Ifttt.com• feed43.com
  • Synchronous Environment• Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)• Adobe Connect• Big Blue Button• WizIQ• Fuze• WebX• Webcasting – web radio
  • Newsletter or Feeds• gRSShopper• Facebook Page• Twitter• WordPress - http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/create-a-free- email-newsletter-service-using-wordpress/• Designing Email Newsletters: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/19/design-and-build-an-email- newsletter-without-losing-your-mind/
  • Research Group• Create research group – Google Groups – Google Docs• Set Up Research Ethics – Will be needed on registration• Surveys – Survey Monkey – LimeSurvey• Server Logs / Other data?
  • Running the MOOC
  • Launch• Advertise / PR• Send welcome newsletter• Set up research• Open Registration Page
  • Preparing for a Week• Confirm at least a week ahead with guest speaker• Sent intro email explaining process & describing expectations• Line up resources – background, etc• Prepare and assemble materials
  • Weekly Routine• Create a new ‘author’ listing for the author Add new readings for the week (see ‘Adding Resources’ below), scheduling them if necessary (George)• Add new event listings for the week• Add weekly activities• Create weely page and update home page• Database Magic
  • Daily Routine• Check and Approve New Feeds• Check Newsletter / Send newsletter – Cron / autosend
  • Event Preparation• Send review letter for guest• Open event site ½ hour ahead• Prepare recording – Audacity audio – Camtasia? – In-app recording
  • Event follow-up• Post audio/video/other recordings• Prepare event page• Update recordings page• Update other course pages• Send thank-you email