|Welcome to the wiki for the MOOC Community of Practice. This wiki is intended to be a space to share resources, ideas and experiences about developing open, online courses at UBC.|
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Pedagogy & Design
- Coursera Resources Guide
- This guide from Vanderbilt University details common (and uncommon) teaching practices on the Coursera platform such as setting appropriate learning goals, structuring online lectures, designing automatically- and peer-graded assessments, and Facilitating (massive) online learning communities.
- MOOCs at Illinois Guide
- A comprehensive guide to many of the issues to keep in mind when considering offering a MOOC, developing a syllabus, etc. See also the MOOCs@Illinois site
- What does it take to prepare a Duke Coursera course?
- An overview of the process, preparation, and planning that Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology and Office of Information Technology undertook in getting their Coursera courses off the ground.
- Building a Coursera Course - Duke planning document
- Duke CIT suggested course building process, highlighting areas instructors need to take into consideration when planning their Coursera course.
- MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera
- In 2012, a team of teachers and researchers associated with the masters in E-learning program at the University of Edinburgh began developing a Coursera course and offering their perspectives on the challenges that MOOCs present for delivering educational experience.
- A Pedagogy of Abundance or a Pedagogy to Support Human Beings? Participant Support on Massive Open Online Courses
- This research paper explores the importance of making connections between learners and fellowlearners and between learners and facilitators in a cMOOC. Meaningful learning occurs if social and teaching presence forms the basis of design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive processes for the realization of personally meaningful and educationally worthwhile learning outcomes.
- Coursera: Teaching to the Masses
- Duke Today article about Walter Sinnott Armstrong and his the work he did preparing for his Coursera course.
- Four Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands of Students
- Interviews with four instructors teaching on different MOOC platforms about their thoughts and experiences.
- Research publications on Massive Open Online Courses and Personal Learning Environments
- Listing of research articles on MOOCs (with a focus on cMOOCs)
- MOOC pedagogy and accreditation
- Terry Anderson blog post examining accreditation for MOOCs
- Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education
- Interesting panel brought together for an online discussion on MOOCs by the Guardian Education site
- What we talk about when we talk about automated assessment
- Brief blog post describing automated assessment models in MOOCs.
- The Problems with Coursera's Peer Assessments
- Blog post by Audrey Watters on Coursera's Peer Assessment capabilities
- MOOCtalk - Peer grading: inventing the light bulb
- Keith Devlin reflects on the peer grading process for his Coursera course..."many of the students were taken aback by just how clunky and buggy the thing was, and the forums sprung alive with exasperated flames."
- Calibrated Peer Review: An Application To Increase Student Reading & Writing Skills
- 2001 journal article providing an overview of calibrated peer review
- Getting to Know Coursera Peer Assessments
- Overview of the Coursera Peer Assessment tool from the University of Vanderbilt
- The Value of Learning Analytics to Networked Learning on a Personal Learning Environment
- This 2011 NRC paper explores learning analytics and their purpose for learning and education and includes a case study of the use of learning analytics in a Massive Open Online Course.
- Coursera Data Export Documentation
- Coursera’s current working policies for export of raw course data
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare
- A code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law.
- Keeping MOOCs Open
- Article by Creative Commons arguing for open licensing of MOOC content
Student Engagement and Perspectives
- Coursera Fantasy
- Laura Gibbs chronicled her experience in taking the Coursera Fantasy class with Eric Rabkin.
- MOOC Brigade: What I Learned From Learning Online
- Time Magazine article highlighting the author's experience in taking a Coursera course and includes what they would do differently.
- Blogs and Forums as Communication and Learning Tools in a MOOC
- This paper presents the findings of research carried out into the use of blogs and forums as cMOOC that was run between September and December 2008.
- What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education
- Forbes article providing an overview of taking Stanford's Game Theory Coursera course.
- How In-Person Meetups Are Fixing The Problem With MOOCs
- An Edudemic Magazine article exploring the emergence of meetups and how real world interaction can lead to community, accountability, and networking.
- The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture
- Great overview and discussion of the flipped classroom model and some of the challenges in contains from Jackie Gerstein.
- Flipped classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education
- Further article from Jackie Gersten which provide background for this model of learning with a focus on its use in higher education; identifies some problems with its use and implementation; and proposes a model for implementation based on an experiential cycle of learning model.
Discussion & Critiques
- Napster, Udacity, and the Acadamy - Clay Shirky
- The possibility MOOCs hold out is that the educational parts of education can be unbundled. MOOCs expand the audience for education to people ill-served or completely shut out from the current system...Open systems are open. For people used to dealing with institutions that go out of their way to hide their flaws, this makes these systems look terrible at first. But anyone who has watched a piece of open source software improve, or remembers the Britannica people throwing tantrums about Wikipedia, has seen how blistering public criticism makes open systems better. And once you imagine educating a thousand people in a single class, it becomes clear that open courses, even in their nascent state, will be able to raise quality and improve certification faster than traditional institutions can lower cost or increase enrollment."
- What’s the Matter With MOOCs?
- General criticism from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?
- An overview of some of the criticism leveled against MOOCs... "some MOOCs and college courses are going to continue to have problems if people create them without learning more about how people learn and how to design effective learning experiences."
- What’s right and what’s wrong about Coursera-style MOOCs
- A blog post by Tony Bates highlighting what he sees as the primary myths of MOOCs
- MOOCS are Marekting - The question is, can they be more?
- Blog post positing how MOOCs are marketing based but could be more... "Coursera is marketing. Buying in associates an institution with a vague signal of futurism and reinvention, associates a purportedly "elite" institution with its elite brethren, and buys some time while the whole thing shakes out...If it's immediate attention we're after, then there's another way to get it, by doing something that's not just new and me-too but also thoughtful and different and right. "
- Stanford for All
- Article from the Stanford Alumni article discussing the impact of MOOCs on the institution..."But should worldwide online education now be a part of Stanford's mission? Should Stanford encourage more of its faculty to produce these so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs? Should anyone profit from their distribution? And if the University does invest more heavily in online education, how might that affect students—and professors—on the home campus?
- The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years
- Article from the MIT Technology Review discussing if online learning will become the most important innovation in education.
- Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?
- Guardian article that provides a history of various MOOC platform, highlights interviews from students and Coursera course creators, and discusses the students’ various motivations for taking these online courses.
- Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View
- An Educause Review article providing a in-depth more descriptive view of the growing number of approaches enabled by educational technology.
- What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs
- Educause executive briefing article providing summary of features and issues of MOOCs.
- MOOCs: What role do they have in higher education?
- Article from Duke's Center for Instructional Technology that provides a good overview of MOOCs and their role in higher ed
- MOOC Directory
- Directory of free higher education MOOC providers and platforms
- The Massive Open Online Professor
- Journal of Higher Education article that provides a review of the key characteristics that MOOCs share in an attempt to better understand what opportunities they offer to universities and professors.
- Daphne Koller's Ted Talk: What we're learning from online education
- Daphne Koller, a founder of Coursera, discusses what can be learned from MOOCs.
- Peter Norvig's Ted Talk: The 100,000-student classroom
- Peter Norvig provides an overview of his Stanford/Udacity AI course
- What are the different types of MOOC? xMOOCs and cMOOCs
- Blog post explaining the differences between xMOOCs and cMOOCs
- What is a cMOOC?
- 2010 Youtube video by Dave Cormier explaining the concept of connectivist MOOCS
- MOOCs and the AI-Stanford like Courses: Two Successful and Distinct Course Formats for Massive Open Online Courses
- This paper examines courses in x-MOOC and c-MOOC formats. It posits that although they share the use of distributed networks the format associated with c-MOOCs, which are defined by a participative pedagogical model, are unique and different from x-MOOCs.
- College is Dead. Long Live College!
- Time Magazine article on the impact of MOOCs
- What is the theory that underpins our moocs?
- George Siemens article on the differences between xMOOCs and cMOOCs
- Disruptive Pedagogies and Technologies in Universities
- This paper provides and examination of the cost centers associated with campus-based and online education systems and suggests that disaggregation may prove to be a cost-effective way to reduce tuition payments. The paper suggests that discount service models, such as MOOCs, may also be attractive in new models of higher education.
- A resource for campus instructors and support staff to learn about MOOCs, apply to get involved, etc
- The Place of Coursera in our Overall Campus E-learning Plan
- Presentation slides from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describing the context and scope of their Coursera efforts.
- Exploring the MOOC format as a pedagogical approach for mLearning
- This paper takes a look at the MOOC format as a possible pedagogical approach to fit mobile learning (mLearning) based on mutual affordances of both contemporary learning/teaching formats.
- Everybody Wants to MOOC the World
- A blog post from Michael Feldstein asking twhat it means for the traditional LMS players to be marketing themselves as platforms for MOOCs and other open courses.
- Networked Learning - Learning Networks
- Peter B. Sloep's Scoop.it aggregation and comment space for MOOC articles