MOOCs at UVa as of March 1, 2013

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This is a presentation to provide an overview of massive open online courses ("MOOCs") and how the implementation has gone at UVa as of March 2013.

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MOOCs at UVa as of March 1, 2013

  1. 1. MOOCs at the University of VirginiaKristin Palmer, Program Director Online Learning Environments kristin@virginia.edu Linked In: Kristin Olson Palmer
  2. 2. University of Virginia (“UVa”) Why we signed up What we are doing Coursera Data Points What we are learningWhat we are thinking about
  3. 3. Education Engineering Darden Batten Law Continuing Studies Medicine McIntire Architecture NursingArts & Sciences UVa College at Wise
  4. 4. Why did we sign up? Source: Dave Cormier YouTube
  5. 5. UVa Professor Dave Evans
  6. 6. College of Arts & Sciences
  7. 7. Tech Treks
  8. 8. June 2012 – President Teresa Sullivan on the Lawn
  9. 9. • Online Task Force• Report compiled in 3 weeks• 53 contributors• LMS is UVa Collab (Sakai)• 4,063 courses (89%)• Focus is undergraduates• 11 online-only graduate degree programs• 14 online-only certificate programs• 7 mixed degree granting programs• No central office to “catalogue, coordinate, support or advertise online Task Force Chair Professor Will Guilford education”
  10. 10. HybridChallengeGrants • TRC • 2 weeks • 10 winners • $10,000/each • 8 schools
  11. 11. SponsorContractCourses
  12. 12. SeniorFaculty
  13. 13. What are we doing?
  14. 14. What is the purpose of this endeavor?• This is an experiment• Flip the classroom (=professor)• Enrich the on-grounds experience• Collaborate with partners• Online learning portfolio• Build UVa brand
  15. 15. ASCIT Instructional SCPS TRC Technology Instructional Pedagogy Design General SEAS Counsel Research Digital StudentAssistants MOOC Media Lab Audio/Video
  16. 16. Research and Best Practices Instructional Vanderbilt DesignPrinceton edX Udacity TeachingMichigan Assistants Coursera Stanford Digital Media Lab ASCIT Darden Media Services
  17. 17. Intellectual Property – Copyright – ADA Compliance
  18. 18. Decision: Video Quality = High = $$$
  19. 19. • Research - big data• Adaptive learning• Authentic learning• Motivation• Group/team work• Assessments• Functional Enrollment• Duration (4-15wks)• Video (5-50min)
  20. 20. Do what we say, when we say, with high quality
  21. 21. MOOC Development Process4 months • Course approved by Dean ($$$ and faculty time) • Internal kick-off: – Legal: ADA, IP, copyright, and signing Online Course Agreement – Roles & responsibilities => Team3 months • Timeline established: go-live, videos due, staff support, course design • Conversations on course design to understand learning outcomes, key differentiation on grounds, pacing and flow, what should be online • Conversations on expectations for staff support: course site, filming2 months schedule, discussion boards, quizzes, surveys, and timeline • Creating presentation materials, start filming • Managing to the schedule - iterative filming, copyright clearances, course site skeleton1 months • Countdown to go-live – transcriptions, course site, discussion boards • Go-live – high quality, delivering what we said, when we said • On-going weekly working team meetings to troubleshoot and gather best practices • On-going monthly management meetings to identify next steps and strategic priorities
  22. 22. Who’s on each course? • Faculty • Assistant • Media • Program Director • Legal counsel • Dean representative
  23. 23. How do we work?• Weekly – Working team Google Hangout – Meeting with Coursera Course Operations – Status report• Monthly management meeting• SharePoint and UVa Collab sites (FOIA)
  24. 24. Coursera Data Points Source: Daphne Koller TED talk
  25. 25. Coursera• Human right vs. privilege• Video content, practice & mastery, community Slide images taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  26. 26. Coursera DemographicsSlide images taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  27. 27. Slide images taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  28. 28. Larger classes = faster responseSlide images taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  29. 29. When is the homework due?Slide images taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  30. 30. What are we learning?
  31. 31. What works for MOOCs so far?• Short – 4-8 weeks, 5-10 minute videos• Concise – global audience, targeted messages• Consistent – if you say you will do it, do it• Set Expectations – whatever they are be extremely clear from the start• Scaffold discussions – designing the boards to be successful, expect ~10k posts/wk/class• Crowd-source – sit back and observe
  32. 32. Super Star Instructors Team focus Expert in field Consistent Communicate Ready for change Willingness to fail Able to prioritizeAlways say something nice Research
  33. 33. To do, not to do• Try one thing at a time• No short answer questions• Wait for the crowd to source the answer• “Finish it all” before Day 1• Set expectations• Be consistent• Work as a team• Meet the dates
  34. 34. Surprises• Mastery learning is hard to accept• Instant feedback Slide image taken from Daphne Koller’s February 2013 public talk at UVa.
  35. 35. More Surprises• Physical and virtual learning communities• Civility of online discussion forums• Asynchronous vs. synchronous• Variation in the costs to produce• Doing it all over again• Valuable time for on grounds course• Microscope in measuring success and quality
  36. 36. What we are thinking about?
  37. 37. • Copyright• IP and licensing• UVa policies• Governance• Monetization• For profit/non-profit• Assessments• Data and trends• ADA compliance• FERPA/EULA/ToS
  38. 38. • Accreditation• State authorization• Preservation and access• Reusable content• Volume of research/media• 24x7x365 and sustainability• Repeatable process• Costs and funding• Public university outreach• Differentiate on-grounds• Role of the instructor
  39. 39. • Competency/badges • Platforms and providers• Obama’s SOTU address • Relationship with partners• K-12 expectations • UVa online strategy• Lifelong learning • Centralized/decentralized• MOOC as dynamic textbook Services
  40. 40. At the end of the day…

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