Creating MOOCs

Report
WRAPPED MOOCS AT UCT
A facilitator’s perspective
Agenda
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Locating my comments
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b.
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Focusing on two types of engagement with MOOCs
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UCT
MOOCs
Creating MOOCs, and
Using MOOCs
Using MOOCs
Some interesting learnings and challenges
Thoughts for wrapping MOOCs
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
The six strategic goals for the plan for the University of
Cape Town 2010 – 2014 are:
 Internationalising UCT via an Afropolitan Niche
 Transformation of UCT Towards Non-Racialism - Redress,
Diversity, Inclusiveness and the Recognition of African Voices
 Working Towards a Desired Size and Shape for UCT
 A Vision for the Development of Research at UCT: Greater
Impact, Greater Engagement
 Enhancing the Quality and Profile of UCT's Graduates
 Expanding and Enhancing UCT's Contribution to South
Africa's Development Challenges
MOOCs at UCT
MOOC development team
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Key members in the
MOOC development
team: Andrew Deacon,
Janet Small, and Sukaina
Walji from
the CILT MOOC Team
See more at: http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/takemooc#sthash.Q8HVyBsf.dpuf
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https://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=rGL9nmXZf8s
Different types of MOOCs?
A way of categorising MOOCs by audience and purpose:
 Category 1 - Teaching Showcase: Showcase Teaching and introduce
topics with high profile ‘rock star’ presenters
 Category 2 - Gateway skills: Introduce fields and support students in
undergraduate study
 Category 3 - Graduate Literacies: Develop skills and introduce
topics of postgraduate study
 Category 4 - Professional showcase: Showcase professional careers
for continuing education and qualifications
 Category 5 - Research Showcase: Showcase research and special
interest topics of interest to postgraduate level
See more at: http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/create-mooc#sthash.mpMUKMEj.dpuf
Creating MOOCs
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Early 2015
Future Learn but …
“mindful of the scarcity of contributing universities
from the Global South, and from Africa in
particular. We believe there is an opportunity to
share knowledge generated from our leading
academics and researchers, and to showcase the
university’s rich array of intellectual and teaching
resources.” Sandra Klopper, DVC Teaching and
Learning
Using MOOCs in the UCT context
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M
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Wrapped
“Eavesdrop”
Incorporating into
classes
Who is wrapping?
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Post Graduate Centre
“MOOCs – (Mass Open Online Courses) The following
are MOOCs designed by top international experts. You
enrol online, free of charge, and are taken through the
material videos and assigned tasks. Your assignments,
where applicable, will also be marked free of charge
by online tutors. There are no costs involved for you at
all. Instead of working though the course in isolation you
will be part of a group of UCT students that meets once
a week, face to face with a UCT appointed facilitator
to steer you through the course.”
For whom are we wrapping?
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Post Graduate Centre
Postgraduates – Honours, Masters and PhDs
Which MOOCs?
1.
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking
2.
Principles of Written English https://www.edx.org/course/uc--‐berkeleyx/uc--‐berkeleyx--‐colwri2--‐2x--‐principles--‐1348
3.
Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth
4.
Model Thinking https://www.coursera.org/course/modelthinking
5.
Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trial https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials
6.
Data Analysis and Statistical Inference https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics
7.
University Teaching 101 *NEW* https://www.coursera.org/course/univteaching101
8.
Introduction to Public Speaking https://www.coursera.org/course/publicspeak
9.
New Models of Business in Society *NEW* https://www.coursera.org/course/bizsociety
10.
The Data Scientist’s Toolbox *NEW* https://www.coursera.org/course/datascitoolbox
11.
English Composition I: Achieving Expertise https://www.coursera.org/course/composition
12.
Getting and Cleaning Data *NEW* https://www.coursera.org/course/getdata
13.
Talk the Talk: How to Give a Great Presentation https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/talk--‐the--‐talk
14.
Managing Your Time, Money, and Career https://www.coursera.org/course/managingmoney
15.
Geo design: Change Your World https://www.coursera.org/course/geodesign
16.
Data Analysis and Statistical Inference https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics
17.
English Grammar and Style https://www.edx.org/course/uqx/uqx--‐write101x--‐english--‐grammar--‐style--‐1766
Why?
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Developing “graduate attributes” – for additional
information refer to
http://www.uct.ac.za/usr/ipd/IIU/intreports/tlrepo
rt/T%26l2011NAR.pdf
Developing research capacity
Supporting entry into UCT postgrad
Supporting less-developed skills
Facilitators
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Experienced postgraduates
Chosen for disciplinary knowledge/ interest and a
capacity to facilitate connection
Access to material
My experience
Four MOOCs this year
Learnings and Challenges
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Design and alignment
The power of the
online peer
Flattened pedagogical
spaces
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Timing
Are post grad students
MOOC-ready?
Thoughts for wrapping MOOCs
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Facilitators - choice
and preparation
Preparing students
“Purposing” the
MOOC
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in
Kansas any more.

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