If you’re thinking about putting together an online course there are many things you need to think about, but, THE FIRST thing you need to do is actually take an online course.
There are many free online courses, check out Coursera, P2PU or have a look for different MOOCs. Also check out my previous post on Khan Academy and Sophia. These sites (and others) host hundreds of free & pay for online courses.
The next best thing is to write down, or somehow record the following:
WHY do you want to put a course online?
WHO is your audience?
WHAT do you want people to take away from the course?
HOW do you envisage delivering the course?
These are baby stepping stones, putting a course online means you can offer heaps of full learning experiences, it’s not just about slapping a video on the internet.
Watch this space for more information, in the meantime go ahead and take that course – BE the student.
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If you didn’t know already Google have a free online course showcasing their advanced search tools. It’s free and enrolment is open to everyone. Six classes, interactive activities and live chat hangouts all culminate in a post course assessment, yes – the big A – Assessment, after which you receive a certificate to print out and hang on your wall.
Who is doing it? Lots of people, I’m doing it and am looking forward to seeing how it all runs.
Although not being called a ‘MOOC’ it easily falls into being a Massive Open Online Course and has drummed up a lot of blog posts similar to this one – everyone is talking about it. A criticism of MOOC’s is the sheer number of people getting lost amongst the different conversations. There can be a big learning curve for a participant to take before finding their focus during the course. I’m really looking forward to discovering Google’s structure in handling a large volume of learners.
I am also genuinely interested in learning how to effectively search using Google, it will open up another whole new world.
Check it out, Google Power Search, July 10 – July 23 2012
Check out this new MOOC website where you can go to find out more about the latest MOOC happenings.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, MOOC’s are a Massive Open Online Course, most of the time they are completely free – bonus!
What happens is, you sign up and get confirmation with links and support information, there are webinars and content each week followed by online discussions.
The biggest hurdle is transitioning from being a ‘lurker’ to an active participant. I have spent a lot of time lurking through discussions looking for that place where I feel I fit in before participating. Sometimes there can be a lot of contributors and so a lot of information to go through. The best way to handle it is to find topics that interest you and respond to what people have written, contribute to a discussion.
Why do I like MOOC’s so much? It’s because I get the chance to connect with like minded people and have meaningful discussions. People can be anywhere in the world and we’ve got the opportunity to connect in a relevant learning space.
Take from it what you like, but give it a go.
MOOCers – everyone’s doing it!