For those of you who may not know yet, the team and myself here at Learning Transformations are putting on a MOOC, starting the 10th of March, that addresses designing online learning, called "Carpe Diem- Learning Design". In the lead up to the MOOC launch we decided to talk to you all a little about the journey, starting with myself, and over the next few weeks, hearing from the experiences of the other team members in the creation and delivery process.
Creating the Carpe Diem MOOC was a bit of a dream thing really. My hard-working constantly forwarding-looking team at Swinburne’s Learning Transformation Unit were enthusiastic when we discussed a ‘better’ MOOC. Something that truly shared what we know is transformational when working with academic colleagues, learning technologists, knowledge specialists and partners across Higher Education. So the ‘Carpe Diem’ learning design process was the top of a short list and looked like the obvious choice for having the greatest appeal – and yes- impact across the online learning world.
Carpe Diem is a collaborative learning design process that I’ve been working on, with colleagues in many locations and disciplines, for some time. (See Chapter 5 of E-tivities and also Salmon & Wright 2014 http://www.mdpi.com/2227-7102/4/1/52, as well as the CARPE DIEM page on this website) for many years. We spent a while trying to find a MOOC platform that would allow us to at least have a go at mirroring the highly collaborative CARPE DIEM process in the MOOC. Actually we didn’t really find one that made it easy and smooth, but decided to go with Blackboard’s ‘Coursesites’ – we are at least familiar with the Blackboard affordances and procedures (and the workarounds to try and bend the platform to our aspirations!). Ok- we know we are nuts to try ‘serious’ group work in a MOOC, but we really want to and we’ve done the expected ‘short video ‘stuff too! Participate and make it work!
All the things you are supposed to do came next. We had a fairly good idea of what kind of audience we are after...we think Carpe Diem will appeal to lots of different kinds of educators and their key co-workers– so worth going ‘Open’ and as ‘Massive’ as we can reach! We’ve dragged colleagues in with international or social media experience for outreach purposes. How are we doing?
We took some advice from those who were one step ahead of us – from reading about Coursera and the like, from our own experience with ‘Open2Study’ but especially from those who had ‘stuck their necks out’ into the MOOC world more because they were keen to offer their knowledge more widely (thank you University of Tasmania for your advice).
We addressed the nature of ‘openness’ – fortunately the Carpe Diem handbook was already in Creative Commons licensing mode (SEE HERE), mainly due to the work at the University of Leicester and their open ethos (Thank you Prof Ale Armellini). Oh this blog posts seems to be turning into a load of thank-you's, but you know, that’s truly the way it is. We can’t do innovative things without considerable help and collaboration with others, and by building on what’s gone before.
I’m going to be partly in Australia and partly in the UK whilst the MOOC is running (the second part as ‘Mother of the Bride'- please note my colleagues will ‘cover’ for me on the day of the wedding!). But ultimately it’s a great joy to see our dreams turn into a real chance for wide impact. We start on 10th March, and for more information about the MOOC, or to enroll straight way, check out the below links
You can also contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or follow along on twitter @SwinMOOC and join in the conversation at #CDMOOC
Next Up- We will be hearing from the CDMOOC Design, Teaching, Research and Project Management team here in the Learning Transformations Unit. So if you want to know more about the behind the scenes action, as well as advice for participating, dont forget to subscribe to the blog (top right corner of this page) and get notified for the next post. Which should be posted up by the end of the week!
Look forward to working with you all and thank you for spreading the word!