The Wide World of MOOCs

What you need to know about Massive Open Online Courses

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  • Lectures 22
  • Video 30 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

MOOCs are taking the world by storm, but what exactly is a MOOC?

This course raises your awareness of this popular form of education, and gives you the insight you need to start leveraging them for your own teaching and learning.

You will learn what a MOOC is, where to find them, who delivers them, the courses that are available, how to sign up, what a MOOC looks like, and how you can learn socially through a MOOC.

This course includes a tour of a real MOOC, plus recorded Q&A sessions with the instructor.

What are the requirements?

  • A thirst for knowledge

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get up to speed with MOOCs.
  • Gain the insight you need to start leveraging MOOCs for your own teaching and learning.

What is the target audience?

  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Academics
  • L&D professionals

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to the course, about the instructor, and the learning objectives.

Define a "MOOC".
Section 2: Finding MOOCs
Browse courses on Coursera, search for a course by keyword, filter the results, and review the course information.
Identify the educational institutions that deliver MOOCs on Coursera, find out more information about them, and determine the courses they offer.
Find courses from multiple providers at a MOOC aggregator such as MOOC List or Class Central.
Section 3: Getting started

Sign up to a MOOC on Coursera, and add yourself to the watchlist.

See the courses in which you have enrolled, the courses you have completed, and the courses for which you are on the watchlist.
Un-enroll from a MOOC in Coursera.
Section 4: What a MOOC looks like
Take a tour of a real MOOC.
Learn socially via local meetups and social media.
Section 5: Q&A with Ryan Tracey
The role of MOOCs in democratising education.
MOOC pedagogy
Completion rate
Financial viability
Impact on universities
Opportunities for the corporate sector
Tips for teachers
Tips for L&D pro's
Tips for moocers
The future of MOOCs
Section 6: Resources
Download readings and web links.
Section 7: Farewell
Congratulations and thank you!

Instructor Biography

Ryan Tracey, E-Learning Provocateur

Ryan Tracey is an E-Learning Manager in the financial services industry, an Advisory Board Member for eLearn Magazine, and a Review Panellist for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT).

Ryan's work focuses on adult learning in the workplace, and he maintains a particular interest in blended delivery, informal learning and social media. He has worked in corporate e-learning for over a decade, following several years in the higher education market.

Ryan holds a master’s degree in Learning Sciences & Technology from the University of Sydney, blogs as the E‑Learning Provocateur and can be found on Twitter as @ryantracey.

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