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Quality frameworks for MOOCs: How a MOOC platform checks the quality of MOOCs; FutureLearn


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How a MOOC platform checks the quality of MOOCs by Rebecca Love-Howard, FutureLearn, 18 September 2018

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Quality frameworks for MOOCs: How a MOOC platform checks the quality of MOOCs; FutureLearn

  1. 1. How a MOOC platform checks the quality of MOOCs Rebecca Love-Howard Partnership Manager @ FutureLearn
  2. 2. WHAT IS FUTURELEARN? We’ve grown quickly Founded by the OU Over 15 million course enrolments Over 3,000 course runs since FL started Made up of over 1,000 unique courses We have courses in all areas In particular Business, Healthcare, Digital and Teaching 8.25 million people learning together at FutureLearn
  4. 4. 5 mins Why do we quality assure every course?
  5. 5. Digital transformation... Audience Pedagogy Platform
  6. 6. Our audiences QA ensures we are user focused
  7. 7. WHY DO WE QUALITY ASSURE? Over 8 million learners from 230+ countries A global and diverse audience with one thing in common 73%27% International UK 60% <40% Female Male 22% 23% Under 26 26-45 years45% 8% Over 65 46-65 years 83% have a degree
  8. 8. Our pedagogy QA process ensures that courses are aligned to our social learning pedagogy
  9. 9. Narratives help us to think, remember and communicate. Storytelling helps to structure learning. Provoking conversation Storytelling Celebrating progress FutureLearn’s pedagogy Conversational learning is at the core of how people come together and learn. Education is most effective when the teaching is visible to the student and the learning is visible to the student. Our courses work best when they are built on the principles of storytelling, social learning and visible learning.
  10. 10. Our platform QA ensures that our courses are accessible and competitive with the best reach of the web
  11. 11. 5 mins How do we carry out our quality assurance?
  12. 12. HOW DO WE QA? Month 1 Month 2 Month 3 Month 4 Month 5 Month 6 Partner on- boarding Partner submits course proposal Quality Assurance Course begins Outline of the QA process at FutureLearn We work with our partners long before the QA stage to achieve better courses. Feedback on high- level course outline Course build phase
  13. 13. Course Criteria Formalises and standardises QA expectations QA process is open and transparent 69 quality assurance check points For every point, there’s a green, amber and red level If a course gets too many reds we postpone it until it can be fixed Partners are contractually obliged to adhere Pedagogy Technical Business HOW DO WE QA?
  14. 14. Pedagogy Learning outcomes First activity Educator visibility Provoking conversation Celebrating progress Step variety Narrative and storytelling techniques A balance of formative and summative assessment HOW DO WE QA?
  15. 15. Technical All images have appropriate alt text All videos have accurate subtitles External tools are reviewed for accessibility, usability, necessity, security, mobile optimisation Video duration Article length, tone and clarity HOW DO WE QA?
  16. 16. Business Lead Generation Course products Appropriate use of the brand Programs HOW DO WE QA?