This is a short video tutorial that explains the background and purpose of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), circa 2010. The video uses graphics, and animation to engage the viewer and to visually display the meaning of the concurrent spoken script.
Type of Material:
* College discussions about topics such as pedagogy, media's impact on society, distributed learning.
* Higher Ed and corporate strategic planning discussions.
* A research source for answering the question, "What is a MOOC?"
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learners will be able to
Identify the need that MOOCS were created to meet.
Distinguish between what is and what is not a MOOC.
Discuss the unique features of learning through a MOOC.
Target Student Population:
College and grad school students
Educators and higher ed administrators
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
It is brief (4:26 second video), and rich in content (I repeated it multiple times to fully grasp it).
Well structured. This is what this video will do...
Multi-modal employing visuals, animations and speech.
Emphasizes desirable pedagogical goals: collaboration, active learning, networked connections, shared ownership, multiple paths to learning, life long learning.
This 2010 video describes the first iteration of the MOOC concept, sometimes called C-MOOCs, that was developed by a group of connectivist educators in Canada. This video predates Thrun and Norvig's 2011 MOOC at Stanford, which was not based on the principles of connectivism.
While this video is extremely relevant it doesn't tell the complete story.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Use of video technology was effective.
Identified 5 key topics then explored each
Use of simple drawings
It is brief and packed with information. One can use the features of video to replay.
The author continues to participate in the discussion in the comment section of Youtube! His last post was just four months ago.
The information provided about MOOCS is excellent and was complete at the time that the video was made. However it is 5 years old and new forms of MOOCs have emerged, that do not adhere to the principles discussed in this video.
It is not interactive, though it does challenge the viewer to think.
It is only possible to contact the authors directly with a bit of searching.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Video is in Youtube, which makes it easy to use.
It is clear and presented well.
Design is engaging and not overly busy.
Closed captioning is available for this video, but it is currently the auto generated text that is not very accurate.
Other Issues and Comments:
If used in a workshop setting, the video could be enhanced by giving participants resources to allow them explore MOOCs in more depth.
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