Friday, 12 July 2013

4 key elements of a good MOOC

In the short video below, Dr Charles Severance, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan draws upon his experience teaching Internet History, Technology, and Security on Coursera to share with Student Advisor four key elements of a good MOOC:

  • Material created specifically for the MOOC
  • Good production value
  • Professor used to teaching the class
  • Humour, personality, passion and connection






It is difficult to argue with his first and last points. Not many people would fancy watching an hour long video of a dull professor recorded from the back of the lecture hall.
However, some of the most successful MOOCs out there feature low production value videos of novice teachers (think Udacity’s CS253 - Web Development with Steve Huffman).

What do you think? What are your own key elements of a good MOOC?




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