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 leveraged.

Our Group has recently taught 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.

The actual course

  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 flux!
  5. Let's desing assessment!
  6. Let's foster student collaboration!
  7. Let's advertise our MOOC!
  8. Let's assess the course!

The 23 keys
  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 production
  11. Assign each content to actual fulfillment of competencies
  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 course period
  22. Make proposals for future improvement
  23. Communicate publicly the innovations brought about by the course
10 questions

  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 Group organize its own MOOC and thus its own Teaching-Learning Unit?
  4. Is the new role of the professor-teacher rather a facilitator, consultor, dinamizer, coach?
  5. Are MOOCs a key element of internationalization?
  6. Do MOOCs lead a teaching group to entrepreneurship?
  7. Are MOOCs a new way to build bridges between University and its environment/society?
  8. Do MOOCs allow to adapt rapidly to changing needs, and to respond to singularization opportunities?
  9. Rather than "A Professors organizes a MOOC", should not presential 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 onsite teaching, or rather about desvirtualization of online learning?