Lund University’s third MOOC starts on Monday

These past weeks we have been collecting data from the two courses that finished up in March, so that we can present it in a report before summer. It has been an amazing experience to look at the data and see what people have said about the courses. In the report we will try to address among other things how we have worked throughout the project to achieve the main objectives, and of course present the results from the first courses. Except for two surveys to the participants in each course (a welcome survey and an exit survey) and Coursera’s own mini surveys, we have also conducted a small survey with the instructors and staff involved in producing the course, to get an idea of their experiences and thoughts around the work. We have also recently set up a pilot survey for the Greening the Economy course that we might copy to the other courses as well, were we ask participants to share their story and their personal experience from the course, how it will influence their personal and professional life etc. We are looking forward to read the stories!

Our third MOOC: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights starts on Monday April 27th and naturally we are very excited to see how the course will turn out and what the participants will think. Yesterday, we held a small workshop on forum moderating for two of the TAs on the course, Vikas and Linnéa. Mark and Daniel, TAs from the Greening the Economy course kindly visited the workshop and shared their experiences from moderating the discussion forums with Linnéa and Vikas. They handed out very helpful advice both on the practical work and of how they managed the collaborative task of working as a team in different shifts everyday. They had set up a detailed worksheet shared by all members of the TA team that they also shared with us so that future MOOC teams can make use of their schedules and how they divided the work between each other.

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Next week, I (Marita) will be going to the LERU (Leading European Research Universities network)  e-learning working group meeting in Munich to meet with other members of the group. Large focus will be on MOOCs also this time, and I’m looking forward to sharing experiences from that meeting at the blog.

I will end this post with a fun experience: One of the participants in the Greening the Economy course, Zhao Chenyao from China, liked the course so much that he actually came to Sweden to visit the International Institute for Industrial and Environmental economics (IIIEE) and is spending a couple of weeks here in Lund to learn more about green economy and sustainable development. So cool!

MOOC student Chenyao

We are now discussing the start date for our next round of these courses (Greening the Economy and European Business Law).

But first, our last MOOC for this semester: Global Perspectives on Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights. You can’t miss this. Don’t forget to enroll here!

 

Om Marita

I am an assistant professor in Chinese at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. For the past couple of years I have been working at Lund University Centre for Educational Development (CED), mainly with projects and support activities for teachers regarding online teaching and learning in higher education such as visual learning media, online learning environments, digital tools for teaching etc. SInce February 2014 I manage the Lund University MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) project.
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