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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
Let's talk about MOOCs!
Let's plan a MOOC!
Let's shoot video!
Let's link resources with a learning flux!
Let's desing assessment!
Let's foster student collaboration!
Let's advertise our MOOC!
Let's assess the course!
The 23 keys
Find an enticing subject
Have an expertise on the contents
Think about tentative audience
Know regulations applying
Set your course within a broader project
Choose a suitable platform
Assign various Open Educational Resources to each submodule
Reuse own existing resources and those (open!) from others
Shoot short and sustainable videos
Take care of good sound and video production
Assign each content to actual fulfillment of competencies
Link resources to a clear learning path
Maintain tension and interest for the course with challenges and rewards
Evaluate student progress with intention
Mix test, p2p and other tests in equilibrium
Use proactively social networks
Organize hangouts/Q&A sessions, and discussions on the Net
Publish an attractive promotional videoclip
Create an interesting presentation video
Identify and use the most efficient procedures for international marketing
Place surveys before, during and after the course period
Make proposals for future improvement
Communicate publicly the innovations brought about by the course
Are MOOCs the idea closest to the methodology in the Bologna Process?
Will MOOCs bring us to Teaching/learning projects, like in Research?
Can each Group organize its own MOOC and thus its own Teaching-Learning Unit?
Is the new role of the professor-teacher rather a facilitator, consultor, dinamizer, coach?
Are MOOCs a key element of internationalization?
Do MOOCs lead a teaching group to entrepreneurship?
Are MOOCs a new way to build bridges between University and its environment/society?
Do MOOCs allow to adapt rapidly to changing needs, and to respond to singularization opportunities?
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?
Are we talking about virtualization of onsite teaching, or rather about desvirtualization of online learning?
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