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MOOC on a
shoestring
How a small charity built and ran a ‘massive’ course

This presentation is licensed under a Creative ...
Who are ALT & what do they do?
ALT is the UK's leading membership
organisation in the learning technology field.
The Chari...
Context
❖ professional development for people
teaching at Higher Education level
❖ funded by Leadership Foundation in HE
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Team
❖ CEO, Administrator, Project Manager,
Technical Manager
❖ 11 authors/lead tutors
❖ 20 support tutors
http://octel.al...
ocTEL in numbers
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10 modules + Induction
11 weeks, 55 hours
1 face-to-face meeting
903 registrations on nigh...
Participants’ locations
Course content
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Defining and dividing the curriculum
Templates and examples
Outline, write and review
Final edit...
ALT-C keynotes
ALT wiki
Research in Learning
Technology
ALT Open Access
repository
(ALT-members
discussions)

The ocTEL mi...
Learner support
❖ Crowdsourced from ALT members
❖ FAQs and screencasts
http://octel.alt.ac.uk/help/
❖ Becoming progressive...
Tech infrastructure
❖ Wordpress + plugins
❖ Course Reader – our one innovation
http://octel.alt.ac.uk/living-and-learning-...
cMOOC architecture
Challenges & risks
❖ The curse of the good dress rehearsal
❖ Competing with member organisations
❖ Losing the people we de...
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"MOOC on a Shoestring" ODLAA presentation 2013 10-31

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Presentation to a webinar of the Open Distance Learning Association of Australia. There's an MP4 recording of this presentation and two others at https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/playback/artifact?psid=2013-10-30.1257.M.DC6A1EF286808F12D18EB8598CC79A.vcr&aid=57170. More details of the ODLAA 2013 webinar series at http://www.odlaa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=109.

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"MOOC on a Shoestring" ODLAA presentation 2013 10-31

  1. 1. MOOC on a shoestring How a small charity built and ran a ‘massive’ course This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. Please attribute to David Jennings, with contributions from Martin Hawksey and Rachel Harris.
  2. 2. Who are ALT & what do they do? ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. The Charity’s object is to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of learning technology for the benefit of the general public.
  3. 3. Context ❖ professional development for people teaching at Higher Education level ❖ funded by Leadership Foundation in HE ❖ TEL (technology enhanced learning) about TEL ❖ experiment for ALT designing and delivering a MOOC ❖ drawing on goodwill of the community
  4. 4. Team ❖ CEO, Administrator, Project Manager, Technical Manager ❖ 11 authors/lead tutors ❖ 20 support tutors http://octel.alt.ac.uk/about/octel-team/
  5. 5. ocTEL in numbers ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ 10 modules + Induction 11 weeks, 55 hours 1 face-to-face meeting 903 registrations on night before launch webinar participation from 17 to 102 698 posts on blogs, 1,353 on forums 2 participant-generated communities more data http://repository.alt.ac.uk/2309/
  6. 6. Participants’ locations
  7. 7. Course content ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Defining and dividing the curriculum Templates and examples Outline, write and review Final edit Openly licensed and openly available resources ❖ Net direct cost £0
  8. 8. ALT-C keynotes ALT wiki Research in Learning Technology ALT Open Access repository (ALT-members discussions) The ocTEL mixer and distillery ocTEL
  9. 9. Learner support ❖ Crowdsourced from ALT members ❖ FAQs and screencasts http://octel.alt.ac.uk/help/ ❖ Becoming progressively more targeted ❖ Modelling and encouraging learning behaviours ❖ Net direct cost £0
  10. 10. Tech infrastructure ❖ Wordpress + plugins ❖ Course Reader – our one innovation http://octel.alt.ac.uk/living-and-learning-in-the-open/ ❖ Visualisations to help target support ❖ Net direct cost £0
  11. 11. cMOOC architecture
  12. 12. Challenges & risks ❖ The curse of the good dress rehearsal ❖ Competing with member organisations ❖ Losing the people we depend on ➢ webinar presenters ➢ top fifth percentile of contributors ➢ free tutors ❖ Unforeseen consequences of openness This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. Please attribute to David Jennings, with contributions from Martin Hawksey and Rachel Harris.

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