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Here a MOOC, There a your school a MOOC...MOOC?


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A faculty development presentation on the *basics* of MOOCs. Links to further resources provided as we went into much more discussion than the slides show. This was an active learning session, with …

A faculty development presentation on the *basics* of MOOCs. Links to further resources provided as we went into much more discussion than the slides show. This was an active learning session, with much discussion & activity, so please don't assume the slides = 1 hr of narrated .ppt! Contact me if you would like a copy of the lesson plan.

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  • 1.   Dr. Janet Corral Dr. Candace Berardinelli University of Colorado Here a MOOC… ..there a MOOC… ..there a MOOC… ..everywhere a MOOC… MOOC? Photo Credit:
  • 2. Overview   •  Why  MOOCs,  and  why  now?  Trends  in   Higher  Educa:on   •  Types  of  MOOCs   •  Implica:ons  for  Teaching,  Learning  &   Promo:on   •  Challenges  &  Opportuni:es   •  Q&A  
  • 3. Trends  in  Higher  Educa:on:   Comple'on   Taken from:
  • 4. Trends  in  Higher  Educa:on:   Demographics   Image credit: Caucasian students represent 3 out 4 BA/BS graduates Average age of 18.7 at the time of college entry Mean graduation time: within five years Black, Latino students more likely to be older, lower graduation rates Most graduates from upper or middle class 58% grads are women
  • 5. Trends  in  Higher   Educa:on:     Costs  
  • 6. Slide credit: Siemens, G.
  • 7.  Trends  in  Higher  Educa:on:  Value   Image credit:
  • 8. Trends  in  Higher  Educa:on:   Leveraging  Technology   Flipped   Classroom   Mobile  Learning   Cloud   Servers   Facilitated   Grading   Open  Resources   (Some) unresolved issues: •  Bandwidth •  Technological Pedagogical Content Knoweldge •  Digital Divide
  • 9. Trends  in  Higher  Educa:on   Report  Year   Horizon  1  year  or   less   Horizon  2  to  3   years   Horizon  4  to  5   years   2013   MOOCs,  Tablet   Compu:ng   Games  &   Gamifica:on,   Learning  Analy:cs   3-­‐D  Prin:ng,   Wearable   Technologies   2012   Mobile  Apps,  Tablet   Compu:ng   Game-­‐based   Learning,  Learning   Analy:cs   Gesture-­‐based   Compu:ng,  Internet   of  Things  (IOT)   2011   E-­‐Books,  Mobile   Augmented  reality,   Game-­‐based   Learning   Gesture-­‐based   Compu:ng,   Learning  Analy:cs   2010   Mobile,  Open   Content   E-­‐Books,  Simple   Augmented  Reality   Gesture-­‐based   Compu:ng,  Visual   Data  Analysis   2009   Mobile,  Cloud   Compu:ng   Geo-­‐everything,   Personal  Web   Seman:c-­‐aware   Applica:ons,  Smart   Objects   Credit: NMC Horizon Report 2013
  • 10. ..there a MOOC… What is a MOOC? Photo Credit:
  • 11. MOOCs: A Brief History
  • 12. Flavors  of  MOOCs   Credit:,,
  • 13. CHE Survey 2013 79 % respondents said MOOCs are worth all the hype Survey:
  • 14. CHE Survey 2013
  • 15. Respondents’  beliefs  on  fully  online  courses:   CHE Survey 2013 56% very enthusiastic 35% somewhat enthusiastic 8% somewhat or very skeptical
  • 16. ..there a MOOC… What is the value & impact of MOOCs? Photo Credit:
  • 17. (Suggested)  Value  of  MOOCs    Efficiency  of  scale    Opens  doors  of  the  classroom    Community  of  learners    Democra:zing  educa:on    Experiment  before  enrolling    Convenience  and  affordability  
  • 18. Implica:ons  for  Learning   What  type  of  experience  will  students  have?     Credit: Credit: cMOOC: learn from you, each other web/open resources …then build resources/artifacts reviewed by community, world xMOOC: learn from your videos contact with TA set assignments, peer graded
  • 19. Implica:ons  for  Design   Source: http:// onlinelearninginsights.wordpre two-moocs-coursera-divided- by-pedagogy/ Design   Ma_ers!  
  • 20. So  you  think  you  want  to  teach  via  a  MOOC…   •  Time  needed  to  create  a  MOOC           •  Plaaorm  may  restrict  pedagogical  choices,  evalua:on   •  Interac:on  with  students  at  scale,  not  individually   •  Administra:ve  Support   –  TA,  :me,  funds   –  Advisory  commi_ee  &  ins:tu:onal  workflow   8-10 hrs/wk 12-25 hrs/wk3-6 hrs/wk 1 hr for every 15 mins of video! See sample reference of teaching tips in MOOCs:
  • 21. Right  for  your  career?   Stardom Reputation Connection with students Passion for subject
  • 22. Right for your career? •  MOOC would be a demonstration of curricular innovation and leadership. •  "meritorious" vs. "excellent" would depend on quality, creativity, impact. So when putting the MOOC in your portfolio… Give a detailed description of the online course --- the need it filled, objectives, types of teaching tools, evidence of dissemination (enrollment, etc) and impact (learning outcomes).
  • 23. ..there a MOOC… What do you see as the advantages & disadvantages of MOOCs? Photo Credit:
  • 24. Cri:cisms  &  Challenges   Credit:
  • 25. Cri:cisms  and  Challenges   Two-­‐:ered  educa:on:     – Privileged  students  at  well-­‐funded  ins:tu:on  get   own  professor   – Financially  stressed  ins:tu:on  where  students  watch   videos  &  interact  with  local  professor  who  is  more   like  a  TA   Credit: Cri:cisms  &  Challenges  
  • 26. •  MOOCs  may  be  “light”  version  of  course   – 6-­‐7  weeks     •  Educa:on  as  an  democra:zing  force?   Cri:cisms  and  Challenges   Reference: and Cri:cisms  &  Challenges   See thoughts from: 1. right-and-whats-wrong-about-coursera-style- moocs/ 2. mooc-delusion-why-visions-to-educate-the- world-are-absurd/32599 3. Coursera/136307/
  • 27. Cri:cisms  and  Challenges   Credit: Cri:cisms  &  Challenges   •  xMOOCs     – Limited  assessments   – Limited  interac:on  with  instructor   – Group  learning   – Informa:on  vs  Comprehension,  Applica:on    
  • 28. EvaluaBon  of  MOOCs   (sa$sfac$on  surveys,  comple$on  rates)   University  of  Edinburgh  review  (6  Coursera  courses):   98% felt “got what I wanted” out of the course Length, pacing & level was “right” Most students spent 2-4 hrs/wk studying See other evaluation ideas at: and and
  • 29. EvaluaBon  of  MOOCs   (anecdotal  data  from  UCSF)   Impacts faculty members’ teaching & course design Use  videos  in  their  face-­‐to-­‐face  classes   Be_er  alignment  of  course,  learning  objec:ves   Diversity  of  discussions,  student  self-­‐policing  
  • 30. Reflection The  challenges,  changes,  and  new  course   models  “portend  one  poten:al  future  of   higher  ed  that’s  more  collabora:ve,  social,   virtual,  and  peer-­‐to-­‐peer—and  where   introductory  courses  are  commodi:es   offered  free  or  close  to  free.”     Selingo,  2012  
  • 31. Will  you  turn  your  course  into  a  MOOC?  
  • 32. Thank  you!