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ELI Short Course: Designing and Delivering a Quality MOOC
June 17, 24, and 27, 2013
1:00 - 2:30pm ET on each date
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.
During this online 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
The following questions will also be addressed:
- How do we go about developing content, learning activities, and assessments for a MOOC?
- What do we need to change in order to accommodate the openness and connectedness of the MOOC environment?
- What is the optimal minimum/maximum number of participants that we should allow?
Short Course Facilitators
Karen Vignare currently serves as a director at MSUglobal at Michigan State University. In that role, Karen is responsible for creating online entrepreneurial businesses for extending both noncredit and credit programs at MSU. MSUglobal is responsible for helping departments at MSU integrate emerging technologies. She oversees business planning, technology planning, open educational resources, instructional design, and customer service. Karen publishes regularly on various topics in online learning. She has a PhD from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Rochester's William Simon School of Business.
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. Research interests include online faculty development, online instructional workload, leadership, marketing of online programs on a local and national level, learning outcomes using Web 2.0 tools, and interinstitutional collaborations.
An online workshop and faculty development facilitator for the Sloan Consortium, she is also the former director of the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC), a collaboration of 11 institutions committed to developing vigorous online and blended learning initiatives to expand the student base and stabilize enrollments.
Institutional MOOC Project Presenters
- Institutional MOOC Project 1—TBA
- Institutional MOOC Project 2—TBA
- Institutional MOOC Project 3—TBA
- EDUCAUSE MOOC Resources
- The Language of MOOCs by Audrey Watters
- Making Sense of MOOCs: Musing in a Maze of Myth, Paradox, and Possibility by Sir John Daniel