CMALT meeting on Thursday 23rd we each had to do a 5 minute presentation on our chosen specialism for section 5 of the portfolio.
I’m choosing open learning, MOOCs and working with the Futurelearn platform
In particular I highlighted difference between working with Furturelearn and within our own blackboard VLE.
The MOOC platform is quite simple and offers 4 basic tools in Article (around about 500 words)
Multiple Choice Quiz – both for self test and grading
Higher production quality of material for free (BBC4 documentary standard).
Compare that with content our students actually pay for
Issues to consider
The key learning objectives of the MOOC should be achievable without accessing any extra materials or buying books.
We can’t reference digital material held in the university of Sheffield Library as this is only available with a University login. We can only reference any open source material freely available, or through the white rose repository.
Raises discussions about moving our academic content into an open source environment
Copyright issues – its open platform so much tighter control than blackboard
Music and Video (TV clips) have such complicated and expensive copyright issues that it’s almost impossible to use them .
Learner Background, Demographic & Location
age of learners 14 years and upwards
huge numbers of learners 20,000 plus
country of origin – play MOOC map shows pins from all over the world