Teach a MOOC ... what are you, crazy?Presentation Transcript
Teach a MOOC …what are you, crazy?Maria H. Andersen, Ph.D.Director of Learning & Research
Me: “You couldn’t pay me to teach Calculus to 500 students online.”
Josh (CEO at Instructure): “Well, technically, I think I could.”
Many of us already haveexperience with SPOCs. Small Private Online Courses
And of course, you’ve allheard the term: MOOC Massive Open Online Courses
Pre-MOOC Thinking: Take all the student problems andgrading in a SPOC and multiply them by 100 or 1000. No thanks!
Post-MOOC Thinking:Please don’t make me go back to teaching SPOCs.
Teaching a MOOC has beenthe purest and most fun form of teaching (and learning) that I’ve ever done.
[but it is also hard work]
I hear this a lot: “I’ve alreadygot an online course for this.I can make it a MOOC in notime.”
It’s not quite that easy.
Paradigm shift? No.
Paradigm shift? No. Paradigm shifts.
SPOC vs. MOOCStudents Students Level of Education Location Primary Language Reason for Learning Time Commitment Access to Resources
Reasons for Learning
Access to Resources
SPOC vs. MOOCLearning Learning Assessments Resources provided Required Materials Length of Course Discussions Activities
For the record,I volunteered.[but not to teach Calculus]
Canvas Network Social Media
Social Media SPOC for-credit course Small class web-enhanced team taught access to library
Social Media MOOC not-for-credit course large course online one teacher all open resources
Social Media MOOClearn.canvas.net/courses/1
Resources ProvidedWherever possible, provide resources that arefreely accessible in most of the world.Consider your role to be the curator of themillions of resources on the Internet.
AssessmentsThe assessments should provide anotheropportunity to learn and be low stakes.
Example: In-Depth Facebook
ActivitiesThe activities should provide a chance to applywhat you’re learning in the real world.Activities should provide a way for students toshare and delight in what they are learning.
Example: First 50 Followers
DiscussionsDiscussions provide a place to truly leveragethe diversity and life experiences of yourparticipants.Discussions don’t have to be required unlessthe purpose of participating will be valuable toevery student individually.
Example: SoMe Goals and Objectives
Example: SoMe Outside the U.S.
Example: SoMe Lessons Learned
Length of CourseMOOC students want to spend fewer hours perweek and commit to less weeks.This doesn’t mean you teach a less rigorousversion of the same course. It means you teacha different course. It might mean you teachthree courses instead of one.
What’sit reallylike toteach aMOOC?
While teaching aMOOC isn’t easy,it’s not as crazyas it might firstseem.
MOOCs onCanvas Network comein all shapes and sizes.