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Transcript of MOOCs

MOOCs
What is a MOOC?
massively open
online course materials

open to virtually anyone
no entry requirements
low barrier-of-entry
Massive Open Online Courses
How did MOOCs start?

2008
George Siemens + Stephen Downes
"Connectivism and Connective Knowledge" (CCK08)

virtual communities: 2200 vs. 25 "for credit" students
Milhouse =mook
Still confused?
How do MOOCs work?
online video lectures
participatory, interactive online tools
discussion boards
blogs
wikis
social networking
peer assessed written assignments + computer marked test
asynchronous

does not grant credits

free
How do MOOCs make money?
venture funding
Google, Autodesk
edX
Udacity
Udemia
Coursera
Khan Academy
Advantages of MOOCs
open for everyone
education for free
asynchronous
self-learning
learner-centered
financial advantage
peer-assessment
Disadvantages of MOOCs
accessible for everyone ?
information overload
self-learning
content selecting
skills
high drop-out rates
high number of lurkers
peer-assessment
no certificate
Example 1
https://www.edx.org/
MOOC
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
- Solutions
assessment:
multiple choice + short answer questions
in depth assignments (points)
discussion group
score 60% or higher
look for specific subjects (not all are present)
look for specific schools (MIT, Harvard...)
Example 2
The History of Rock, Part 1
University of Rochester
on Coursera
Popular Categories:
Humanities
Education
Health & Society
Biology & Life Science
Social Sciences
by John Covach
13th of May - 5th July
Assessment
Quiz for weeks 1 and 2, 25%
Quiz for weeks 3 and 4, 25%
Quiz for weeks 5 and 6, 25%
Final Exam, 25%
Participation
Discussion forums for each week's topic
Themes
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)
Final exam
Lectures
+ 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
in edX
workload:
lectures (in smaller units)
readings for each sections
assessment
content:
Group discussion
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?
information overload
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