I have been invited to work with the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development to develop a short MOOC (4-6 weeks) for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waite and George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it here – http://ocsld.brookesblogs.net/
This is an exciting project and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team. Oxford Brookes University has an international reputation for its Staff and Educational Development courses. The development of the MOOC is being supported by funding from the JISC Open Educational Resources Programme, Phase 3, PG Cert Development Strand. We received notification of the funding in the middle of this week – so now we all need to do is get cracking.
The aim of this MOOC is to enable, facilitate and support open academic practice within Oxford Brookes University itself and across the academic community worldwide. We will not be starting from scratch. Oxford Brookes already runs a very successful face-to-face “First Steps into Teaching” course for which there is a waiting list. This course is targeted at new lecturers and postgraduate students who teach. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s (OCSLD) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE). Building on OCSLD’s experience of running courses for a national and international audience, the First Steps OOC/MOOC will be offered free to the global academic community.
George, Marion and I had our first Skype meeting about this yesterday and there is now a lot to think about. My current thinking is around these questions.
- How will an already established and successful face-to-face ’closed’ course translate into a MOOC? What will we be able to keep? What will have to go?
- More importantly how might traditional ways of working/thinking have to change to accommodate MOOC principles – autonomy, diversity, openness and connectedness?
- What technologies/platforms will we use/promote and how will our choices affect our and participants’ abilities to aggregate, remix, re-purpose, feed/forward?
- What assessment opportunities will be offered? How will we manage ‘for credit’ participants?
- Most MOOCs I have been involved in have been at least 10 weeks long. This will be a short MOOC. What are the issues specific to short MOOCs? Having looked around I can see that George Siemens and colleagues ran a 6 week MOOC at the end of 2010? Have there been any MOOCs shorter than this?
Final thoughts at this very early stage in the process are
- we need a definitive title for the MOOC asap;
- we need specific dates for the MOOC asap (we know that it will be around middle of May to middle of June, but we need to settle on some);
- and we need a tag for the MOOC asap.
Hopefully we will be able to make these decisions when we meet again next week.
Hope this post ‘wets your appetite’ for joining us. I will be blogging about the process of development as we go along and it would be great to receive comments from people who already have experience of designing/running MOOCs, or from tutors, lecturers, students or others interested in teaching and learning in Further or Higher Education.