Designing MOOCs

I attended the kick off meeting of an Eramus+ project, site LoCoMotion in Delft on Monday. The project is creating a MOOC on designing MOOCs. The project is lead by Brian Mulligan from Sligo Institute of Technology. The other partners are from the Netherlands, try Germany and Spain. We had a wide ranging discussion around the vision of the project and the associated practicalities. One of the first things we need to decide is what platform to use. We are looking at a number but looks like the front-runner at the moment. The MOOC will be 8 weeks long, doctor with 5 hours of learner each week. We agreed on a number of pedagogical principals:

Each week will consists of 3 hours of core activities and 2 hours of extension activities

The MOOC will be active and learner centred

Peer discussion will be encouraged, as will sharing of experience (we anticipate that many of the participants will already have participated in MOOCs)

There will be a short introductory video each week, outlining the focus for the week

The use of social media will be encouraged through Facebook, twitter, etc.

We will design the MOOC to have an explicit reflective perspective.

Each week will be structured as follows: video plus content, quizzes, discussion on the platform and use of social media


At the moment the plan is to cover the follow:

Orientation week, introducing participants to the platform and how the MOOC will run

Low-cost MOOC technology, including criteria for choosing a platform media hosting and creation of content

Low-cost MOOC pedagogies and design, including tips on good practice in masssive live delivery and designing for multiple languages

Institutional services, including support, skills and quality assurance

Accreditation and mobility

Review and the assignment


It should be an interesting project, and I must say Delft was a lovely town! 

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