28th Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference

If you wish to follow online, this site:  https://sites.google.com/site/makingmooc/

The Chronicle Wired Blog asked “What happens when you invite the whole world to an online class?”  The result last summer was eduMOOC – a class about “Online Learning Today… and Tomorrow” with more than 2,500 registered participants in 70 countries and a plethora of wikis, blogs, tweets, panels, discussions and more. The MOOC offers the opportunity for service; building a student base; connecting with an entire field or industry; and establishing a worldwide reputation for leadership.   In this session we will discuss the global implications; the evolving  models; business plans; and how to launch and administer a massive worldwide class. 

MOOC Background Info:


Forces converge to create environment ripe for transformation:

(c) Ray Schroeder. 2011 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

In the beginning....

To date, there have been only a few dozen serious MOOCs!  

  • This is a very new phenomenon.  
  • There is no significant collection of data, best practices, pedagogy, or higher education context.  
  • Yet, this phenomenon is moving ahead at Internet speed.  

2012 provides the opportunity to join in the process of setting effective practices, testing approaches, and researching the possibilities.

Chronology of MOOCs 2007 - 2011http://wikieducator.org/OER_university/EduMOOC_planning_group/MOOC_comparison 

Update on Current Status of MOOCs - from the Community of Practice Session 8/8/12

MOOC Experiences

Beginning with e-Cornucopia 2011:   http://www2.oakland.edu/elis/events.cfm?EID=22

With less than a month of lead time, the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service made the decision to launch a MOOC on Online Learning Today... and Tomorrow 

eduMOOC - June-August, 2011 - 2,650 registered from 70 countries:  https://sites.google.com/site/edumooc/

Ray's (mostly late-night) chronology of leading eduMOOC:  http://edumooc.blogspot.com/

MOOC Planning Checklist

Planning a MOOC:

  • Identify intended audience (demographics)
  • Identify learning outcomes
  • Other objectives (recruitment, publicity, etc.)
  • Determine optimum time and time frame
  • Consider credit/certifying options
  • Assess available/needed resources
    • Technologies
      • Learning Management System or Platform
      • Synchronous options 
        • Streaming
        • Social media
      • Asynchronous options
        • Recordings
        • Discussion boards
        • Social media
    • Staffing (volunteer and paid)
      • Administrative
      • Facilitators
      • Languages
  • Assessments and feedback
    • Formative/summative
    • Grading/assessment options
      • Machine grading
      • Adaptive learning engine
      • Peer assessment rubrics/models
      • Proctoring (webcam or in person)
  • Sustaining the MOOC after the end of the scheduled sessions
    • Continuing attention to what has become OCW



eduMOOC Live Session Page Display

Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization. You can even publish Sites to the world. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer. (This presentation website is an example.)

Google Groups: 
Google Groups is all about helping users connect with people, access information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web.

Wikispaces is built to work anywhere, anytime. All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. Members can create pages and spaces without undue restrictions or rules. Guests can edit pages without creating an account. Wiki pages are fully internationalized, so you can contribute content in any language you like. We take care of hosting, backups, and upgrades so you don't have to.

This was the "tweet aggregator" used in live presentations.  Individual hastags were assigned each week (e.g. #edumooc1, #edumooc2, etc.).  We monitored questions posted to the twitter feed and shared them with the presenters.

Google Plus Hangouts: https://plus.google.com/
An eduMOOC Google Plus Hangout:

eduMOOC Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/240554165957293/

NOT used in eduMOOC (since it was not available at that time) 

Example:  Dr. Curt Bonk's "Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success" - https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_215194_1

Key takeaways from eduMOOC:

  • Remember there are no rules other than it should be "massive, open and online" 
  • Organize - it may not be hundred-fold leap from organizing for a 25-student online class to a 2,500 student MOOC, but it is a very different (and much larger) task
  • Clearly define your goals - what is it that you are trying to accomplish with this MOOC?
  • Ask yourself, how will you know that this MOOC is a success?
  • Understand the differences between massive classes and regular classes
  • Understand your students - know their priorities, needs and wants
  • Delegate discussion leadership - 100 times over!
  • Bridge the language barriers
  • Concentrate on the motivated learners 

Continuing Resource:  How can I possibly keep up with the news and trends about MOOCs?

Daily, I review more than a hundred articles, reports and tweets on online learning.  Four of my five daily blogs are tabbed below.  You may subscribe to these via RSS or email for daily updates.  Many of the postings relate to MOOCs.  You may also do a search for MOOC (or any other keword(s) you choose) to read the summaries and follow the links to these reports.

Professional Continuing & Online Ed Blog

Ray Schroeder's Daily Blogs



Contact information:

Ray Schroeder and Carrie Levin
Center for Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703