23 keys to organize a MOOC and to actually enjoy it
MOOCs are currently a strong area of interest among Universities, Groups, Professors and the
Society in general. Despite being born quite recently and having reached a likely peak in
expectations, they keep a wealth of attraction on students all over the World. University
academy has been taken somewhat by storm. Besides higher education-wide policies, practical
ways to organize a MOOC and to actually enjoy it - besides being sustainable, must be
Our Group has recently tought an Moodle-based, online course (University of Barcelona)
entitled "23 keys to organize a MOOC, to be successful and to actually enjoy it", with 30
registered students. During a month, eight modules were considered; a final project consisted in
designing and planning an actual course.
1. Find an enticing subject
2. Have an expertise on the contents
3. Think about tentative audience
4. Know regulations applying
5. Set your course within a broader project
6. Choose a suitable platform
7. Assign various Open Educational
Resources to each submodule
8. Reuse own existing resources and those
(open!) from others
9. Shoot short and sustainable videos
10. Take care of good sound and video
11. Assign each content to actual fulfillment of
12. Link resources to a clear learning path
13. Maintain tension and interest for the course
with challenges and rewards
14. Evaluate student progress with intention
15. Mix test, p2p and other tests in equilibrium
16. Use proactively social networks
17. Organize hangouts/Q&A sessions, and
discussions on the Net
18. Publish an attractive promotional videoclip
19. Create an interesting presentation video
20. Identify and use the most efficient
procedures for international marketing
21. Place surveys before, during and after the
22. Make proposals for future improvement
23. Communicate publicly the innovations
brought about by the course
1. Are MOOCs the idea closest to the
methodology in the Bologna Process?
2. Will MOOCs bring us to Teaching/learning
projects, like in Research?
3. Can each academic Group organize its own
MOOC and thus its own Teaching-Learning
4. Is the new role of the professor-teacher
rather a facilitator, consultor, dynamizer,
5. Are MOOCs a key element of
6. Do MOOCs lead a teaching group to
7. Are MOOCs a new way to build bridges
between University and its environment/
8. Do MOOCs allow to adapt rapidly to
changing needs, and to respond to
9. Rather than "A Professor organizes a
MOOC", should not face-to-face universities
exhibit a strategy to use MOOC as an
excuse and example to change teaching -
and even change themselves?
10. Are we talking about virtualization of
classroom teaching, or rather about
devirtualization of online learning?
1. Let's talk about MOOCs!
2. Let's plan a MOOC!
3. Let's shoot video!
4. Let's link resources with a learning flow!
5. Let's design assessment!
6. Let's foster student collaboration!
7. Let's advertise our MOOC!
8. Let's assess the course!
All in all: find an enticing subject, be
an expert on that, and find your
audience. And then, enjoy every part
of your MOOC.