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Transcript of MOOCs
What is a MOOC?
online course materials
open to virtually anyone
no entry requirements
Massive Open Online Courses
How did MOOCs start?
George Siemens + Stephen Downes
"Connectivism and Connective Knowledge" (CCK08)
virtual communities: 2200 vs. 25 "for credit" students
How do MOOCs work?
online video lectures
participatory, interactive online tools
peer assessed written assignments + computer marked test
does not grant credits
How do MOOCs make money?
Advantages of MOOCs
open for everyone
education for free
Disadvantages of MOOCs
accessible for everyone ?
high drop-out rates
high number of lurkers
clicking on the course:
+ course is good to follow
+ good way to acquire knowledge
+ can work from home
+ good support
- technical problems
- lot of effort
- certain due dates
- limited usage of course
Human Health and Global Environment Change
list of courses:
Climate change and biodiversity as examples of environmental change and what this entails for human health.
3 sections with sub sections
(open until a certain date):
- Climate change and health
- Biodiversity and health
multiple choice + short answer questions
in depth assignments (points)
score 60% or higher
look for specific subjects (not all are present)
look for specific schools (MIT, Harvard...)
The History of Rock, Part 1
University of Rochester
Health & Society
Biology & Life Science
by John Covach
13th of May - 5th July
Quiz for weeks 1 and 2, 25%
Quiz for weeks 3 and 4, 25%
Quiz for weeks 5 and 6, 25%
Final Exam, 25%
Discussion forums for each week's topic
1: The World Before Rock and Roll (1900-1955)
2: The Birth and First Flourishing of Rock and Roll (1955-1959)
Quiz for weeks 1&2
3: The Demise of Rock and the Promise of Soul (1959-1963)
4: The Beatles and the British Invasion (1964-1966)
Quiz for weeks 3&4
5: American Responses (1965-1967)
6: Motown Pop and Southern Soul (1960-1969)
Quiz for weeks 5&6
7: Psychedelia (1966-1969)
+ presentation of lectures & lecturer
+ detailed information about the course
+ accessible for everyone (music?)
+ easy to navigate
- find the right player to watch videos
- discussed songs not available
about the course:
from Harvard University
by Aaron Berstein & Jack Spengler
lectures (in smaller units)
readings for each sections
1) Why should(n't) the Anglistik Wien offer a MOOC/ MOOCs as well? Find arguments for/ against it.
2) Will MOOCs change higher education? What impact will they have on teacher roles, university classrooms, research, and corporate sectors?
3) How could MOOCs be used outside a university context?
4) You have heard that many participants in a MOOC are lurkers. Do they learn less? What possibilities can you think of to get them to be more active?