Making Successful Online Courses!

Charles Severance
University of Michigan, School of Information

http://www.dr-chuck.com/talks/2015-11-edX-DC


Outline

  • Recording Tips
  • Listening to Experts
  • Scoping the Course
  • Building Assessments
  • The First Session
  • Maintaining Sanity
  • Keeping it Fun
  • Research / Big Data
  • Specializations
  • The Commons

Johnny Carson 1970.JPG
"Johnny Carson 1970" by NBC Television - eBay item photo front photo back. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

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"JimmyKimmelHWOFJan2013" by Angela George. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.


Jimmy Kimmel: 0:58 - 2:22

Johnny Carson: 0:10 - 1:56

Recording Tips

  • Office hours - not lecture
  • Allow Mistakes
  • Eye Contact
  • When to Drink
  • Video quality is over rated
  • Informal Glue Bits
  • Let Things Happen

Cat: 11:50 - 13:08

Back to the camera: 0:00

The "Experts"

  • Instructional Designers
  • Producers / Video
  • Administration
  • MOOC Platform Vendor Staff
  • Big data types

Course Scope

  • Slow down about 2X - Part time learners
  • Remove "rigor" for "rigor sake"
  • Deepen and broaden interesting things
  • Bonus materials

Assessments

  • Topical
  • Unique
  • Fun
  • Puzzles
  • Listen and alter them
  • They are you - should include coaching
  • Value the student's time

Cheating

  • Honor code - sharing
  • Leave this up to the MOOC provider
  • Teach honest students who want to learn
  • You don't need a moat

Be Alive and Present

  • Hangouts
  • Well placed forum posts
  • Face-to-face Office Hours

constructivism

  • Blank spaces
  • Student owned / mediated spaces
  • Each cohort starts fresh

The First Session

  • Give it attention
  • If there is a flaw, admit, communicate, fix.
  • Things can get out of hand
  • Let the students help (see constructivist)

Teaching Assistants/Mentors

  • Very special people
  • Keep the course alive
  • Highly motivated to teach and share
  • Different skill set from F2F
  • Attention from the faculty
  • Concern w.r.t. lack of compensation

Keeping it Fun

  • The second session is the payoff
  • The bugs have been found and fixed
  • Teaching Assistants need attention
  • Always be doing a little something new
  • Drop in from time to time

Research / Big Data

  • Privacy - Make up your own mind
  • Teacher facing anayltics are nice
  • Resist those who want your students to be their lab rats

Specializations

  • Very challenging
  • A Schedule - Yikes!
  • They are curriculum
  • This is where it gets real
  • Real work

The Commons

  • Open licensed content sets a tone
  • Social proof
  • Paid back many times over

Thanks / Questions

  • This is only the beginning