Last week I completed the EDCMOOC which was presented by the University of Edinburgh on Coursera.org. What an incredible experience. I can honestly state that I enjoyed participating in the learning experience from communicating with other participants, joining in the discussions and even creating my own little digital artefact for evaluation at the end of the course.
I am currently busy with my Phd studies and I did worry that I will not get to everything every week, but I found the time I allocated to the MOOC was more than enough to get things done.
Now that we reached the end of the MOOC I found myself searching for something to fill that gap!
Last night I was invited to participate in the MOOC that will be presented by the Open University and will begin in March 2013.
The course will be presented at a Masters level and I believe this will ensure that we will not get bored half way through. The time allocation is also a lot higher than other MOOCs but I do think this is more realistic. The seven week course bring together students who are studying the Open University Masters-level course H817 Openness and Innovation in eLearning (this course is one the blocks of that course) and open, informal Learners.
More information from the website:
The course operates an activity-based pedagogy, so within each week there will be approximately four activities: in these you will typically be expected to read some material (or view some other media), perform an activity and create a short blog post. It is through the process of sharing the outputs of these activities through blogs and forums, and reflecting on the experience of other learners that learning occurs for much of this course. We will look at pedagogy associated with open learning in Week 5.
The course is set out week by week as many learners prefer to structure their study this way and, particularly for an open course, it helps to coordinate discussion. But it is not essential that you study it in this manner. If your other commitments mean you have to work ahead sometimes or need to catch up, this is fine – there is a lot of flexibility built into the structure of the course. The course is aimed at a postgraduate, Masters level, with the expectation of approximately 16 hours of study each week. However, the informal learners may choose to select only some of the activities in any given week.
The topics you will study in the coming weeks are:
• Week 1: Openness in education
• Week 2: Open education resources
• Week 3: Moving beyond OER
• Week 4: MOOCs
• Week 5: Pedagogy in open learning
• Week 6: Operating in an open world
• Week 7: Conclusion