Simon Nelson: FutureLearn

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presentation for "MOOCs: Here to Stay" panel at OEB'15
http://moocsandco.com/en/blog/moocs-here-stay-panel-session-online-educa-berlin-2015

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  • We take the principles of social media and thread them through our courses – profile pages, the ability to follow and reply directly to people, “like” comments and filter the mass of conversation.
  • We train and support our partners to think beyond video recordings of lectures and to introduce storytelling and narrative to make learning enjoyable and effective.
  • Just 2 years later.
    Almost 5 m course sign-ups
    Whizz you through some more stats and share these slides afterwards.
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  • Simon Nelson: FutureLearn

    1. 1. An innovative social learning approach with high quality content building on the best of the web.
    2. 2. Focus on quality – in design, pedagogy and content. A PLATFORM THAT PUTS QUALITY FIRST An innovative social learning approach High quality content, building on the best of the web Simple, delightful, flexible user experience
    3. 3. Simple, delightful, flexible user experience
    4. 4. Courses are from 2-8 weeks Weeks run Mon-Sun and have a title telling you what you’re going to learn Weeks are made up of activities An activity is a set of steps with a clear learning objective Activities are made up of steps A step could be an article, video, discussion, test, quiz, assignment… Intuitive and easy course structure & navigation
    5. 5. Focus on quality – in design, pedagogy and content. A PLATFORM THAT PUTS QUALITY FIRST Simple, delightful, flexible user experience An innovative social learning approach High quality content, building on the best of the web Simple, delightful, flexible user experience An innovative social learning approach
    6. 6. Replies Likes FilteringFollowing An innovative social learning approach
    7. 7. Contextual Commenting
    8. 8. Focus on quality – in design, pedagogy and content. A PLATFORM THAT PUTS QUALITY FIRST Simple, delightful, flexible user experience An innovative social learning approach High quality content, building on the best of the web Simple, delightful, flexible user experience An innovative social learning approach High quality content, building on the best of the web
    9. 9. PAGE 11 Effective storytelling ‘To be or not to be’ Hamlet: University of Birmingham Synchronous rotation Moons: The Open University
    10. 10. PAGE 12 Practical experiments and interactive content Virtual Microscope Moons: The Open University Real World Experiments Kitchen Chemistry: UEA Sentence Shuffler A Beginners Guide to Writing English: University of Reading
    11. 11. 5.7 million course sign ups 2.7 million registered learners
    12. 12. PAGE 14 46% Average full participation rate across top 20 courses Courses by percentage of full participants FULL PARTICIPATION Source: all open course runs to October 2015

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