Box Hill Institute
Presenter: Aliki Komps
Blended eLearning Solutions
The Box Hill Institute niche MOOCs have been
borne from a key strategic objective provided by
the Board of Box Hill Institute Group.
Aim: Create a set of six Box Hill Institute ‘taster’
Project Commencement: April, 2014.
Progress: Learning design completed. Multimedia
development is in full swing.
Required the development of a strategy that
was considerate of stakeholders and the BHI
- Teaching centres across the Institute were invited to
propose a MOOC topic.
It was identified that topics proposed would be
assessed against the following three criteria:
• A Return On Investment (ROI);
• Used as a mode of delivery for distribution of
critical data; and/or
• Unique online course and could be used as a pull
strategy for enrolments into related paid courses
A number of teaching centres put their MOOC
A competitive analysis was completed:
• Each proposal was assessed based on the
three criteria outlined from the outset.
• We also worked actively with the Box Hill
Institute Group Marketing area to identify
the MOOCs that would have high interest or
MOOCs Selected for
• A Day in the Life of a Hairdresser
• Introduction to eLearning Design
• Introduction to Horses
• Canine DNA Evidence Collection
• Melodic Improvisation
• Network Addressing and Subnetting
• AMCA – r22 to r32
A healthy cross section of niche MOOC taster
courses were selected for creation.
The MOOCs project contains a number of
• After the courses had been selected, a fortnightly face-to-face
MOOCs Steering Committee Meeting was created to regularly
bring together relevant Project Managers, Teaching Centre
Managers, Subject Matter Experts and Learning Designers.
• Learning Designers had a weekly meeting to discuss approach,
consistency, ideas, content, hurdles, tools, style, etc.
• Learning Designers had regular meetings with the subject
• Handover from Learning Design to Multimedia was provided in
a face-to-face manner with ongoing consultation.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Learning Management System (LMS)
At this point we have selected Moodle as our LMS
• Open source learning platform
• It’s a Learning Management System that provides us with
control over the interface and allows us to style the
• We have decided to run Moodle 1.9 because of its quick
• We have experience with Moodle and it’s the Institute
Learning Management System
A Departure from
Online Unit of Competency
• Different target audiences dependent on
specific MOOC – local and global
• Highly Visual
• Very limited text
• NO assessments
• Activities and Interactivities
Hurdles / Healthy Learning
• Communication is key across stakeholders
• Competing priorities for each stakeholder
• Limited budget = limited resources and
• First attempt at creating niche taster MOOCs
– restricted precedence on level playing
Looking to the Future
• Our aim is to complete the set of six niche taster
MOOCs by July 2014.
• These will act as a healthy springboard moving
• The MOOCs will be monitored and evaluated
against their specific intended purposes.
• Reflection will occur.
• Improvements to existing MOOCs will be
actioned and updated based on evaluation and
• The entire process will have the scope to evolve,
grow and improve.