Surviving the Day of the MOOC
Martin Weller
Image – David
Kernohan
Overview
• H817Open experience
• 4 Design challenges
• MOOCs & HE
MOOC hype
Video courtesy of Alan Levine – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNS9nRQElPQ
H817Open - An open course in
Open Education
• 7 weeks
• Informal and formal learners
• Running in OpenLearn
• Badges
• 2 A...
Student spaces
Course spaces
The #H817Open ecosystem
Mooc Types
cMOOCs xMOOCs
Distributed
Network
Peer focused
Platform
Linear
Academic focused
H817Open?
Some stats
• 239 syndicated blogs
• 911 posts
• 556 enrolled
• 4,698 new visitors
• Weekly visitors 1900-450
• 145,000 pag...
Survey
• I was satisfied with the course:
– Agree 27 66%
– Agree somewhat 5 12%
– Neither agree or disagree 4 10%
– Disagr...
Tech Issues
• OpenLearn platform
– Speed
– Enrol
– Screen real estate
– Navigation
• Cloudworks & badges
• Manual blog add...
Learner issues
• Connecting with others
• Info overload
• Being open
• Pacing
• What is the right
metaphor?
What worked
• Mixing informal and formal
learners
• Blog aggregator
• Weekly email
• Allowing flexibility
• Activity based...
What I’d do differently next year
• Platform
• Initial community/twitter
activity
• Advice on reciprocity/engaging
• More ...
What I’ve learnt
• MOOCs are hard work
• MOOCs are scary
• MOOCs are fun
• I believe in open
You don’t get this on a conventional
course
http://ingermariec.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/activity-25-a-poem-on-open-educati...
Design challenges
Image - http://moocthulhu.com/
Support
• Peer 2 peer
• Community
champions
• Paid moderators
• Platform based
• Encourage self-help
• Hashtag it
Scale
• <1000 you can
create community
• >1000 shared
content becomes
overwhelming
• How do people find
each other?
• How ...
Motivation
• Learners with diff
motivations
• Key achievements along
the way
• Highlight vital activities
• Allow catch-up...
Identity
• Is the community the
identity?
• Is it the academic?
• Does it go beyond the
MOOC?
• Is it explicitly
experimen...
MOOCs didn’t come from nowhere
University set up OpenLearn in 2006, representing an ongoing development of the open educat...
The battle for Open
• Open is not same as free
• Coursera to become elearning
provider
• MOOCs as solution to ‘broken
high...
The Silicon Valley
narrativeEducation is broken!
We can sell you
MOOCs!
MOOCs are the
answer!
http://brokeneducation.tumblr.com/
Does support matter?
• Completion rates
• Increased digital divide?
• Student support
(Relative costs over 8 year lifecycl...
What’s interesting about MOOCs…
How can our curriculum be more flexible?
Can we build more automatic support to help stude...
MOOCs & HE
MOOCs are our friends if we…
– can answer these questions
– don’t ignore them
– don’t panic
– make supported le...
Closing thoughts
Image – Giulia Forsythe
MOOCs are the frontline
in the battle for
openness
The battle for openness
is a p...
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  • I’ve called this talk “Surviving the Day of the MOOC” because the sudden interest in MOOCs from outside higher education often feels like an alien invasion
  • Talk is like an inverted funnel – starts with my personal experience of running a MOOC, then look at some of the broader design issues it raises and finally looking at the bigger issues for higher education
  • MOOCs were even on Newsnight last night, and you can’t go a week without reading a “MOOCs are the future” type article, so I often feel like this
  • So I ran an open course, part of our Masters. Subject was open ed, so made sense to run as a MOOC.Ran in our openlearn platform, issues 3 badges,
  • Mixture of technologyStudents could use own blogging platformEmail turned out to be very important
  • MOOCs often divided into cMOOCs and xMOOCs but mine had elements of both
  • Surviving the Day of the MOOCs

    1. 1. Surviving the Day of the MOOC Martin Weller Image – David Kernohan
    2. 2. Overview • H817Open experience • 4 Design challenges • MOOCs & HE
    3. 3. MOOC hype Video courtesy of Alan Levine – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNS9nRQElPQ
    4. 4. H817Open - An open course in Open Education • 7 weeks • Informal and formal learners • Running in OpenLearn • Badges • 2 ALS moderating forums • Blog aggregator (h817open.net • Collaboration-lite activity based model • Started March 16th • Also an OER
    5. 5. Student spaces Course spaces The #H817Open ecosystem
    6. 6. Mooc Types cMOOCs xMOOCs Distributed Network Peer focused Platform Linear Academic focused H817Open?
    7. 7. Some stats • 239 syndicated blogs • 911 posts • 556 enrolled • 4,698 new visitors • Weekly visitors 1900-450 • 145,000 page views • 4 registrations on other OU courses • 49 prospectuses requested
    8. 8. Survey • I was satisfied with the course: – Agree 27 66% – Agree somewhat 5 12% – Neither agree or disagree 4 10% – Disagree somewhat 3 7% – Disagree 2 5% – Not sure 0 0% • (MOOC average = 74%) • Under 25 0 0% • 25-34 0 0% • 35-44 11 28% • 45-54 17 44% • 55-65 10 26% • 65 or over 1 3%
    9. 9. Tech Issues • OpenLearn platform – Speed – Enrol – Screen real estate – Navigation • Cloudworks & badges • Manual blog adding • Blog platforms
    10. 10. Learner issues • Connecting with others • Info overload • Being open • Pacing • What is the right metaphor?
    11. 11. What worked • Mixing informal and formal learners • Blog aggregator • Weekly email • Allowing flexibility • Activity based approach • Badges • Live sessions
    12. 12. What I’d do differently next year • Platform • Initial community/twitter activity • Advice on reciprocity/engaging • More live sessions • Limit blog options • Update content but largely the same • More multimedia solutions?
    13. 13. What I’ve learnt • MOOCs are hard work • MOOCs are scary • MOOCs are fun • I believe in open
    14. 14. You don’t get this on a conventional course http://ingermariec.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/activity-25-a-poem-on-open-education-2/
    15. 15. Design challenges Image - http://moocthulhu.com/
    16. 16. Support • Peer 2 peer • Community champions • Paid moderators • Platform based • Encourage self-help • Hashtag it
    17. 17. Scale • <1000 you can create community • >1000 shared content becomes overwhelming • How do people find each other? • How do they cope with info overload? http://www.flickr.com/photos/holster/2479746349/
    18. 18. Motivation • Learners with diff motivations • Key achievements along the way • Highlight vital activities • Allow catch-up • Encouraging messages • Assessment + recognition http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenny-pics/4266714722/
    19. 19. Identity • Is the community the identity? • Is it the academic? • Does it go beyond the MOOC? • Is it explicitly experimental? • How would you craft an opening email? http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewidewideworld/2203253497/
    20. 20. MOOCs didn’t come from nowhere University set up OpenLearn in 2006, representing an ongoing development of the open education movement. Influ the early development of MOOCs, various open learning platforms have been set up by elite institutions; examples 2012 include MIT edX and OU‟s Futurelearn. A key message that emerges is that the evolution of MOOCs is leadi more players in the market as HEI and private organisations seek to take advantage of these innovations in online Figure 1: MOOCs and Open Education Timeline “MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education” Li Yuan (CETIS), Stephen Powell (CETIS) March 2013 http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/2013/667
    21. 21. The battle for Open • Open is not same as free • Coursera to become elearning provider • MOOCs as solution to ‘broken higher ed’ • Historical narrative excludes higher ed
    22. 22. The Silicon Valley narrativeEducation is broken! We can sell you MOOCs! MOOCs are the answer!
    23. 23. http://brokeneducation.tumblr.com/
    24. 24. Does support matter? • Completion rates • Increased digital divide? • Student support (Relative costs over 8 year lifecycle of a DL course)
    25. 25. What’s interesting about MOOCs… How can our curriculum be more flexible? Can we build more automatic support to help students? How can we bridge informal to formal learning? What is my stance on openness? People are interested in elearning Are there smaller achievements we can use for motivation? What technologies can I use?
    26. 26. MOOCs & HE MOOCs are our friends if we… – can answer these questions – don’t ignore them – don’t panic – make supported learning worthwhile – Understand this is a crucial time http://www.flickr.com/photos/myeye/2181264107/
    27. 27. Closing thoughts Image – Giulia Forsythe MOOCs are the frontline in the battle for openness The battle for openness is a proxy for the battle for the future of education The worst thing we can do is ignore it

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