As the count down begins to our Carpe Diem MOOC, (#CDMOOC) starting on the 10th of March (12 days!), we continue our behind the scenes conversation with our dedicated MOOC team. Next up we have Dr Kulari Lokuge Dona who will be one of your Carpe Diem MOOC instructors. It has been great to hear about the experience of designing this MOOC from her perspective and expect it will be enlightening for many. Thanks Kulari for your dedication and passion.
Dr Kulari Lokuge Dona
Senior Lecturer and Learning Technologist
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
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Dr Kulari Lokuge Dona completed her doctoral research in e-learning Resource Development and Management and is currently the Senior Learning Technologist in the Learning Transformations Unit at Swinburne University. Kulari has been involved in learning technology since 2001 as a senior lecturer, instructional designer, assessment developer, and e-Learning facilitator and actively participates in online resource development projects
Designing a Mooc
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your relationship to the original face to face version of Carpe Diem's
I have been in the e-learning world since 2001. It was the time when technology was transforming teaching and learning. With time we have come a long way with digitizing education.
In 2011, I was fortunate to meet Gilly face to face when I took the new position at Swinburne, I attended her Carpe Diem facilitators workshop. At this time I was involved in developing a national resource for National Centre for Sustainability. I was quite impressed with the model and how effective it was.
I have run many Carpe Diem workshops in various departments over the years. It has enabled members to work together as a team, which is sometimes the main challenge in the process of getting learning resources. One major strength of the Carpe Diem process is that we bring additional assistance by inviting the librarian and the technologist; team members gain confidence and feel supported to complete the task efficiently.
2. What is your role in the CDMOOC team?
Initially when Gilly thought about the MOOC she made a team of 3- that was Janet, Gilly and myself. She planted the seed of MOOC and Carpe Diem Process. Ever since, I have been working with Janet to get the MOOC up and running. I was involved from the start of the idea to the stage where it is now implemented.
We started applying the Carpe Diem Process to the Carpe Diem MOOC. However this is not just building a unit, it is about building a unit and a MOOC. Just the fact that MOOC is a public learning space, changes many dynamics such as copyright issues, scalability, reliability, use of resources and many other aspects.
Janet and I spent quite some time designing the MOOC then we met with Gilly to discuss our design. We went through the process of investigating a suitable LMS for the MOOC. One of the keys challenges has been how we enable the participants to work in small groups while they are in a MOOC situation.
3. What part of this role are you enjoying the most?
Creating a MOOC is very challenging especially when you consider of the management of groups, large number of participants as well as providing them a good learning experience.
This has enabled us to think outside the box and work outside our comfort zone pushing the limits. This has enabled me to look for solutions for different aspects of the MOOC. While technology can solve many issues, it cannot handle complex issues in the way people can.
4. What has surprised you the most about creating this MOOC (Good/Bad)?
One of the things that has surprised me is that even though we think that MOOCs are widely known and available not everyone knows about MOOCs. People who are outside education and not that technology savvy have less of an idea about the MOOC concept.
5. If participants could only take ONE thing away from them experiencing this MOOC, what would you hope that would be?
That the Carpe Diem process is a really effective way of getting teams to work together in designing learning units
6. What is your perception of the impact that MOOCs could have, or are having, on the future of Higher Education?
MOOCs are disruptive and changing the face of higher education, higher education institutes may be unsure about embracing this new paradigm, however I believe that it is a fantastic investment in the long run for all of us. At the same time it is a great way to enable affordable education and to reduce the education divide.
7. What advice would you like to give the Participants of this MOOC?
Be a collaborative participant and work with your team in giving and receiving feedback!
Thanks for visiting everyone. We are interested in hearing what designing aspects interest you in the MOOC development process? We look forward to hearing your thoughts and free to share this post on your networks to those you think would be interested and we will see you all on March 10th!