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Archive for July, 2013

Why “Quality Matters?” in MOOCs

Ron Legon, the executive director of Quality Matters, wonders why so little attention has been paid to the quality of MOOCs. He states that quality in online learning can be defined is the following ways:

  • quality of design
  • quality of instructional delivery
  • quality of outcomes

In this IHE blog, MOOCs and the Quality Question, Legon explains the difference between MOOC 1.0 and MOOC 2.0. He believes that MOOCs miss the mark in general and take no responsibility for learning results and unlike traditional online courses, students have little if any contact with their instructors in MOOCs.  I think he makes some excellent points and agree that the quality question should be an important  part of the conversation.

 

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8 Lessons Learned From Teaching Online

8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online from EDUCAUSE on Vimeo.

Some people are under the impression that online education is something new to higher education with the recent obsession with MOOCs, but “for-credit” online classes and degree programs have been offered for many years. This short video highlights the following 8 lessons learned from 2 experienced online educators.  By the way, most of these strategies are also applicable to the face-to-face environment.

1. High-Touch is more important than high-tech

2. Establish Social Presence using Digital Storytelling

3. Use Technology Intentionally

4. The Power of External Resources

5. Make your Expectations Explicit

6. Fun, Playfulness and the Unexpected

7. Login Regularly

8. Personal Feedback