Edinburgh University – E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC 

I have just finished studying on my first MOOC on Coursera.  The five week course explored the topic of Learning in the Digital Age.  The first two weeks of the course focused on the concept of Utopian and Dystopian views of technology.  The last two weeks were concerned with being human in a Digital Culture. Each week’s content was introduced with a clever ‘film festival’ where we were directed to watch a variety of short movies/animation/commericals on YouTube and other free online streaming sites.  Themes of the ‘films’ were explained and we were given links to journal articles published within open access journals for further reading.  We were encouraged to share our thoughts on the course content in a variety of ways including the coursera course forum and our own blogs.  Week five of the course was dedicated to the production of our assignment.  The brief for the assignment was to produce a digital artefact which showed our understanding of at least one theme of the course.  The artefact needed to be published openly on the web so that others may access it and it was peer-reviewed by at least three other students who were randomly allocated artefacts to assess.  You can see my effort in the previous blog post 🙂

One of the most interesting things about this course was not the content and instruction but rather the interaction between students and the amount and variety of ‘groups’ that sprung up in relation to the course.  In addition to the course forum the edcMooc as it is known had its own Facebook Group, a Google+ group, #EDCmooc on twitter, weekly TweetChat #edcmoocchat and weekly Google+ hangouts.  Now the course has finished there is also an EDCmooc group on Linkedin.  Most of the these things listed were all student led.

Read more about the course please see https://www.coursera.org/course/edc and for an interesting article written by the course instructors about the challenge of designing the course please see http://newsletter.alt.ac.uk/2012/08/mooc-pedagogy-the-challenges-of-developing-for-coursera/

 

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