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Designing and Delivering a Quality MOOC

The impact of massively open online courses (MOOCs) on higher education is the subject of much debate. In this short course, we review and apply strategies to build a quality design and learning framework; review choices and decision-making processes necessary for MOOCs; and outline specific technologies to support MOOC delivery. Throughout the course, participants will consider their own challenges and opportunities to advance their ideas and goals for learning in a massively open way. The course concludes with issues that require common understanding and information sharing in order to gauge improvement and learning outcomes around the MOOC.

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below and will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators on how to improve and shape their work.

Learning Objectives

During this ELI Short Course, participants will:

  • Understand how to conceptualize and structure a plan to develop and deliver a MOOC at their institution.
  • Understand how to design, develop, and deliver a MOOC.
  • Review tools and technologies to use in the management of the course delivery, interactions and assessments.
  • Understand issues and considerations around developing content, learning activities, and assessments for a MOOC.
  • Consider what can be transferred from what we know of the online learning environment to the MOOC learning model.

Short Course Facilitators

Karen VignareKaren Vignare

Karen currently serves as Associate Provost, the Center for Innovation in Learning at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) leading the search and evaluation for next generation learning models. Karen is responsible for implementing collaborative innovations which may include prior learning, course design, analytics, adaptive learning, e-resources, open educational resources, instructional design changes and competency based models. She was previous a Director at MSUglobal at Michigan State University. MSUglobal is responsible for helping departments at MSU integrate emerging technologies. She publishes regularly on various topics in online learning. She has a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a M.B.A from the University of Rochester’s William Simon School of Business.


Shari SmithShari Smith

Shari McCurdy Smith is currently the e-education facilitator for the Professional Science Master's Program at Rice University and an independent e-learning consultant. She is the former associate director of the Center for Online Learning Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), where she has developed and taught online graduate and undergraduate courses in educational technology and communication since 2000. She has supported faculty in the development of online course delivery since 1999 and technology integration since 1995. She has a master's in communications from the University of Illinois Springfield and a background in web design, technology consulting, successful grant writing and development, and state-wide program development.


Tuning In

On February 18, all registered participants will receive an e-mail message with your username and password. If you register after February 18, you will receive a personal e-mail.

On the day of the event, you will:

  • Go to the Adobe Connect website
  • Select Enter with your login and password
  • Type in your username and password from the registration email

Listen to the session through your computer speakers. If you have any audio difficulties, please visit our Audio Troubleshooting page. If you continue to have audio issues, please send a message to EDUCAUSE Help in the Chat and Ask Questions pod during the session.

Course Format

Presentations will be offered live inside a virtual learning space that's designed to promote interaction between the presenters and participants while exploring the content. Participants will have ample opportunity to pose questions to the facilitators and presenters, review real-life institutional examples, and learn about current practices.

Technical Information

Presentations for the online seminar will be offered in real time inside an Adobe Connect virtual learning space. where participants can answer polls, submit questions, and communicate with colleagues using the chat feature. Learn More >

Contact Information

For registration and other questions about this event, please contact EDUCAUSE Member Services:

For questions regarding technology requirements or if you experience any technical issues, please use e-mail

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