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Keynote about Quality in MOOCs

  1. The Quality of MOOCs ir. Willem van Valkenburg @wfvanvalkenburg Unless otherwise indicated, this presentation is licensed CC-BY 4.0. Please attribute TU Delft Extension School / Willem van Valkenburg PhotoCC-BYCoraBijsterveld
  2. 2 Willem van Valkenburg Manager Teaching & Learning Services Delft University of Technology Vice-President Open Education Consortium
  3. 3 PROGRAMME 1. TU Delft Online Learning Programme 2. From Courses to Programmes 3. Quality Assurance 4. Educational Quality 5. Internal Quality 6. External Quality 7. Questions
  4. 1. Programme
  5. 5 VISION “Educate the world & enhance quality of online & campus education”
  6. E-Dean Director of Education Delft Extension School MOOCs Blended Education Online Courses
  7. 2. From Courses to Programmes
  8. Blended Education OpenCourseWare MOOCs ProfEds Online Academic Courses • Learning Activities & Course Materials • Free • Enrolled students only, massive numbers • Mostly Bachelor level • Certificate of Completion • Course Materials • Free • Big Exposure, Worldwide audience • Both Bachelor and Master level • No interaction with faculty • No accredited certificate • Learning Activities & Course Materials • Paid enrollment • Enrolled students only, limited numbers • Accredited Course Certificate • Full Master Degree • Learning Activities & Course Materials • Paid enrollment • Enrolled students only, moderate numbers • Course Certificate • Continuous Education Units
  10. 10 Short Learning Programmes “Group courses into short learning programmes to guide the learner through a relevant learning path to obtain a relevant certificate” • Xseries – understanding of specific subject through a series of courses. – At least 3 courses • Professional Certificate Programme – Gain the critical skills and knowledge you need to stand out in your field. – At least 2 courses • MicroMaster – A series of Master’s-level courses to advance your career, accelerate your Master’s Degree – MicroMasters Programs are credit-eligible and may be applied to accelerate a Master’s Degree. – At least 15 EC
  12. 3. Quality Assurance CC-BY-NC Michael Sauers:
  13. 13 WHAT IS QUALITY ASSURANCE? • Have a quality standard and process • Being in control of the process • Internal validation • External validation
  14. 4. Educational Quality
  15. Online Learning Experience “The purpose of the OLE radar graph is to rise reflection and critical thinking regarding online courses, not to judge” pedagogical-model-the-tu-delft-online-learning-experience/
  16. Running EvaluationCourse Development Kickoff Review Start of Course Evaluation Meeting Course Improvement Plan OLE introduction use for reflection use for evaluate Draft Course Design Draft Planning Evaluation Report List of final improvements building testing Onboarding Final Course Design & Planning Course Team, Roles & Processes use as guidelines planning TU Delft Online Learning Education Quality Cycle
  18. 5. Internal Quality CC-BY-NC-ND
  20. 22 Virtual Exchange Programme
  21. 2323
  22. 6. External Quality
  23. 25 NVAO: ACCREDITATION ORGANISATION OF THE NETHERLANDS AND FLANDERS Institutional audit ‘The university has a strong quality culture; its quality assurance system is not an end in itself, but a means to emphasise this quality culture. The panel is impressed by the convincing way in which TU Delft has shown to be in charge of educational quality assurance.’ ‘Educational developments and innovation are important pillars of TU Delft’s educational quality policy, in particular the development of open and online education’. Source:
  25. 27 AWARDS • 2014 Nuffic Orange Carpet Award • 7 Open Education Awards for Excellence for MOOCs • First edX Award for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning for Arno Smets (professor of Solar Energy MOOC) • 2016 EDEN ‘Best Practice Initiative Award’ • EMOOCS2016 Outstanding Paper & Video Award
  26. 28 CHALLENGES • Conservatism in education • How to recognize a quality MOOC? • Low Completion Rates

Editor's Notes

  1. Hosting universities select MOOCs (TUD appr. 10), in total appr. 40 MOOCs in the ‘virtual exchange’ portfolio are offered to the university’s own students for credits as well TU Delft students can use MOOCs as electives, in free minor or in honour’s programme Additional assessment may be necessary to grant credits for the MOOC. Assessment is under academic conditions Student doesn’t travel, but exam does Each MOOC will have a max. number of students 3-year pilot: First MOOCs are offered from February 2017