Friday 9 November, 2012
The focus of this workshop was engagement primarily with the question “what are the key learning design and technology challenges in creating a learning environment that works for 50,000 students and doesn’t need 1,000 tutors?” and the question “how has this challenge been taken up by MOOC providers to date?”
Discussion was informed by the following three readings:
1. An EDUCAUSE briefing titled What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs. Provides a concise background to MOOCs and an overview of recent developments in the MOOC space – helping to answer the questions ‘what is a MOOC and what is all the fuss about?’.
2. A brief article in the online journal Innovate by Stephen Downes, one of the originators (along with George Siemens) of the MOOCs concept, titled Places to Go: Connectivism & Connective Knowledge. In the article Downes promotes an online course designed/taught by himself and George Siemens and describes the design and student supports provided within the course.
3. An article by Rita Kop, Hélène Fournier and John Sui Fai Mak published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, titled A Pedagogy of Abundance or a Pedagogy to Support Human Beings? Participant Support on Massive Open Online Courses which provides some background information about the pedagogical underpinnings or rationale for MOOCs and then describes case studies of the learning design and support strategies within two MOOCs along with student perspectives about their learning experience in each.
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