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Make a MOOC @ DCU

posted Apr 28, 2016, 8:12 AM by Yishay Mor   [ updated May 5, 2016, 1:39 AM ]

Making MOOCs - Designing for Autonomous and Collaborative Online Learning

A one-day Learning Experience Design workshop for MOOC teams, 

National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin, May 5th, 2016

Registration here

If you have registered for this event - please take a few minutes to complete the pre-workshop activities

MOOCs (and other forms of open online learning) open up exciting new educational opportunities. Yet, they pose significant challenges for learners, educators, and educational systems. Much of the tacit wisdom we have from traditional small group, face to face teaching needs to be revisited. Consequently, more often than not, we see that the potential of MOOCs remains unrealised.

Much of the potential, as well as the challenge, of MOOCs relates to learners’ autonomy and their ability to collaborate with other learners. One the one hand, MOOCs afford the freedom for learners to define their own learning path, and adjust it to their personal circumstances. On the other hand, this freedom requires learners to engage at a meta-level with the course experience, as active partners rather than as consumers of a pre-packaged product. One one hand, a MOOC offers learners the opportunity to interact and co-construct knowledge with hundreds, thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of fellow learners who share their interests and passions. On the other hands, these communities are short-lived and unstable, and their scale is beyond our social capacity - defying what we know about the natural dynamics of social learning.

This workshop will be based on the Learning Design Studio methodology and draw on the outputs of the SCORE2020 project and MOOC design patterns to lead participants through a collaborative process of design inquiry of learning. In this process, we will refine our understanding of our target learners and their learning contexts, identify specific educational challenges within these contexts, review relevant knowledge and existing solutions to similar challenges, and conceptualise an validate our own solutions. We will use the integrated learning design environment (ILDE - to support this process.

At the end of the day, you will take home a set of design artefacts (personas, transition matrices, storyboards, wireframes, etc.) which you will be able to use in developing your MOOCs. You will also take with you a design methodology you can use with your team, and the tools to support it.

Specific objectives

In this workshop you will:
  • Identify your learners’ needs, assets and constraints;
  • Articulate the aims and objectives of the course for you and for your learners.
  • Consider the appropriate pedagogical approaches, the effective educational practices, and the suitable technologies to support them – for achieving the aims you defined in the situation you described, with an emphasis on autonomous and collaborative learning;
  • Storyboard a high-level design for your course, along with models of activity flows and specific exemplar activities;
  • Validate your design through guided self and peer review.
  • Develop tools and methods for evaluating the success of your course and learning innovation.



09:30 Introduction to SCORE2020
09:50 Personas and Transition Matrices
10:30 Factors and Concerns
11:00 Coffee break
11:20 Design Principles
11:50 Design Patterns
12:20 Design Scheme
12:40 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:00 What Works and Why?
14:10 Storyboards
14:45 Self review
15:00 Peer review
15:30 Discussion
16:00 End