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9 things I learned at the 2016 Coursera Conference


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9 things that could help you improve your MOOC (summary of the 2016 Coursera Partners Conference break-out sessions by Chiara Coen)

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9 things I learned at the 2016 Coursera Conference

  1. 1. 9 things I learned at the 2016 Coursera Partners Conference
  2. 2. “You might as well start a YouTube channel instead of a course if that’s where you’re planning to stop.” A course is NOT a collection of video lectures
  3. 3. Thinking skills and your course UNDERSTAND watch videos (least difficult) REMEMBER quick quizzes (more difficult) APPLY / CREATE p r o j e c t s / l a r g e r a s s i g n m e n t s (scaffolding!) (most difficult) ASSESS discuss / review peers / graded quiz (difficulty varies) * A good course combines all 4 components
  4. 4. “You’ll test whether learners have actually p r o c e s s e d t h e knowledge, rather than just remembered it.” Base graded quizzes on assignments, not lessons “This is a scalable way of checking whether learners successfully c o m p l e t e d a n assignment.” “But what about my videos?!” Use reflective, lower-level, ungraded quizzes in (or straight after) your videos lectures.
  5. 5. “Add dedicated #social media accounts to these in-platform forums.” They’re not only good for marketing purposes, but a l l o w l e a r n e r s t o communicate and reflect outside the platform too. Every platform needs its own discussion forum * S h o u l d w e r e c o n s i d e r o u r choice to use Slack (externally)?
  6. 6. “The best tasks are project-based ones. Make their grading scalable by opting for peer reviews or quizzes based on the intended project outcomes. Support learners through the forum.” Go for project- based learning
  7. 7. Large number of learners = lots of forum activity Moderators Fueling the debate Eliminating trolls Pick community members from learners *Coursera support! Your MOOC probably needs a community
  8. 8. 1.  ACCESS AND MOTIVATION (make the learning environment) 2.  ONLINE SOCIALISATION (start with a small team) 3.  INFORMATION EXCHANGE (communicate about known information, problems, successes) 4.  KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION (what can we do to prevent / improve / …?) 5.  DEVELOPMENT (metacognition, look back at the online experience, understand how you’ve learned) Scaffolding is not just for tasks * Gilly Salmon’s five-stage model U s e i t t o construct your community, too!
  9. 9. … instead of just asking learners where they’re from. Use Interactive Use interactive Google Maps * Cfr. workshop locations à making the boring (filling o u t p e r s o n a l r e g i s t r a t i o n details) more fun!
  10. 10. Active learning in Data Science and Programming courses? 1. Keep your course in the psychological space between fear and boredom 2. Celebrate struggle à m i s t a k e s = evidence of progress 3. Scaffolding!!! 4 . B a s e g r a d e d q u i z z e s o n assignments, not lectures! (Use reflective, ungraded quizzes in your videos)