“How to create a mini-MOOC” workshop was held at ALL DIGITAL Summit in Brussel on October 18th, 2018 by Bill Vassiliadis from DAISSY Research Group of Hellenic Open University .This workshop was supported by the BRIGHTS project. In this blogpost you can read about the workshop and check out the materials.
About the expert:
Bill Vassiliadis is an Associate Professor at the Technical Educational Institute of Western Greece. He received his Engineering Diploma (in 1995) and his Ph.D. (in 2003, in Information Retrieval), both from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, Univ. of Patras, Greece. Bill is a Project and Quality Manager of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) Research Group at the Hellenic Open University. Since 1998, he has participated as a researcher in several EU and national R&D projects. His research interests in MOOCs include quality design and standardization issues.
The aim of this workshop was to give participants an overview of the current MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) trends, design and development challenges and distance learning quality issues. Bill Vassiliadis gave an interactive presentation where open issues on MOOC design and development were discussed. Practical examples gave participants the opportunity to gain an in-depth view of problems and possible solutions.
Target groups of this workshop included MOOC designers, HE policy makers and strategists, students and other learners in general, as well as teaching staff (teachers, facilitators). Furthermore, National Government and EU policy bodies, regional/national and international associations in the sectors of Education and Quality Assurance were targeted.
Why MOOCs and what’s different about them?
During the last years, MOOCs became very popular. Since the year 2008, when the first MOOC was provided, the number of MOOCs is constantly increasing. The year 2012 was considered as the “Year of the MOOCs” leading to an increasing debate about their quality as an education tool. The following are the main characteristics of a MOOC:
What is a mini-MOOC?
A mini-MOOC is a 2-4-week course and can be used for introducing basic topics (e.g. introduction to Social Inclusion) and/or for helping to take a decision (e.g. what bachelor degree should I choose?). It could be a shortened version of a full-scale MOOC.
Mostly two different types of MOOCs can be differentiated: the cMOOCs, based on principles from connectivist pedagogy according to which the content should be aggregated rather than pre-selected and remixable; and the xMOOCs, based on a more traditional course structure.
How can we make a successful MOOC?
Overall pitfalls/ lessons learned/ tips and tricks:
The diversity of current trends in the MOOC field resulting from much different approaches being followed in what concerns the concept, the pedagogical design, the learning environment design and the business model, has made this a much complex subject for research. There are several lessons to be learned from current MOOC practice, including the following:
During the Analysis phase:
During the Design phase:
During the Development phase:
During the Enactment phase:
What did participants gain though the workshop?
In this workshop participants learned about current MOOC trends, design and development challenges and distance learning quality issues. Hands-on activities guided participants through the various steps of MOOC-Analysis, MOOC-Design and MOOC-Implementation. The workshop was suitable for all levels of experience with e-learning. The range of case studies introduced helped participants see ways in which MOOCs and mini-MOOCs can be used in a range of contexts to promote learning and knowledge dissemination.
Where to find more information online/ good online resources?
You may find more material on MOOCs in the following sources:
This workshop was supported by the BRIGHTS project.
The MOOC “Addressing Global Citizenship Education through Digital Storytelling” has been developed in the framework of the European project BRIGHTS, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The MOOC contents and platform have been developed by Maks vzw, Guglielmo Marconi University and Hellenic Open University under the coordination of ALL DIGITAL from Belgium, and in collaboration with project partners Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka (CTC Rijeka), Centro Studi Foligno (CSF) and Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS). The BRIGHTS MOOC was delivered in Belgium, Croatia, Greece and Italy.
During this 4-week online course, trainees wgained a thorough understanding of how to design and apply the Story Circle Methodology to implement Global Citizenship Education (GCE) using Digital Storytelling (DS) technique with young people both in schools and in non-formal educational contexts. The MOOC responds to crucial training needs that are emerging among young people, such as intercultural and cross-cultural skills, critical thinking, collaborative and project-based learning, creativity and digital literacy. Course participants acquired the knowledge needed to meet the global challenges emerging in contemporary society, including sustainable development and lifestyle, social inclusion and cultural diversity, gender equality, peace and human rights, active citizenship and democracy, and learned how to engage young people in the production of digital stories on these challenges.
To learn more about the BRIGHTS MOOC click here
Contacts of speakers for follow up questions
Dr. Bill Vassiliadis, DAISSY Research Group of Hellenic Open University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org