The online educator: people and pedagogy

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I am currently participating in the FutureLearn MOOC ‘The online educator: people and pedagogy’. The MOOC is spread over 4 weeks, with 4 hours of learning per week. It explores four myths associated with e-learnings: that learning design is about technology and content; that innovation and accessibility are incompatible; that researching online learning is an ethics-free zone, and that educators’ online identities are irrelevant.

 

Week 1 covers disruption and design with the following topics: current developments in online teaching, navigating the hype about disruptive innovation, the relationship between content, technology, people and pedagogy in learning design, the challenges of meeting diverse students’ needs and he use of personas in creating relevant online courses. Week 2 focuses on innovation and accessibility, with the following topics: myths about accessibility and digital innovation, types of digital exclusion, finding and evaluating accessibility guidelines, and applying accessibility guidelines to your teaching. Week 3 focuses on ethical evaluation of online teaching, with the following topics: myths about researching and evaluating online teaching, evidence and ethics, navigating the hype around educational technology innovation, evaluating research reports, evaluating your own teaching innovations and ethical considerations when researching online teaching.  Finally, week 4 asks the question: who am I online, with the following topics, myths about online identity, the value to educators of a carefully constructed online identity, evaluating your own online identity and using Twitter to build an identity online.

 

The MOOC has a very clean look and feel, with content broken up into small chunks, content is complemented by short videos, quizzes, polls and links to relevant research papers.

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