MOOCs Get Personal: Designing Learning Pathways in Big Courses
Concurrent Session 8
What is personalized learning? How can learning in a MOOC be personal? In this interactive session, two MOOC designers and a learning theorist will share examples from science, engineering, music, and literature MOOCs and develop a theory of personalized learning based on these courses and participant esamples.
What is personalized learning? Can learning in a MOOC possibly be personal? How will IT professionals define their role in digital learning projects?
Many higher ed institutions have joined the MOOC movement to reach new learners, build their brand, and innovate in teaching, learning, and technology. How do new major learning projects stretch and redefine IT organizations?
At a liberal arts institution which values relationships between students and faculty, instructional designers worked to incorporate student and faculty interaction into MOOC content. Educators, including faculty, media specialists, learning theorists, programmers, instructional designers, and other IT professionals worked together to incorporate videos, surveys, badges, and assessments in four MOOCs. Learning outcomes guided the development of modules, course content, assignments, discussions, tuning exercises on and beyond the edX platform.
In this interactive session, two MOOC designers and a learning theorist will share examples from a science, engineering, music, and literature MOOC. Attendees will be asked to develop a theory of personalized learning based on examples. While not every campus may intend to create a MOOC course or program, participants will learn from the successes and challenges encountered when launching a new, learning centered initiative.
Participants will engage with guiding questions via a worksheet and an online collaboration brainstorming tool throughout the session. Mini-sessions will be used to facilitate a discussion of how personalized learning translates to participants’ work and could inform future projects.
During this session participants will:
Develop and apply a working definition of personalized learning
Identify personalized learning in MOOC courses
Discuss how the content presented translates to other learning experiences