October

Less than three months to course start for two of our three courses at Coursera and things are going according to the time plan. Almost all the video production is finalized for two of the three courses and the teams are now working with assessment tasks and criteria, and collecting content. It is time to start uploading stuff on the platform.

At our last project group meeting we finalized a checklist for quality assessment that we will use as a tool for reflection and discussion around our ambitions with these courses and how we can strive to achieve them. At the end of this blog post is a link to that document, which partly builds upon the quality assurance process for OpenUpEd’s quality label. We believe this list should not be used for ”ticking off” things or grading our work, but rather as a basis for reflection for the MOOC-teams and stakeholders. It could possibly also be valuable for educators at other types of online courses.

We have arranged three workshops during these past weeks.

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Maria talks to David, Anna, Moa and Stefan about quiz production and quiz functions at the Coursera platform.

The first one was about how to create high-quality online multiple choice quizzes (what to think about when writing questions and options, what different variants of questions can be formed on the Coursera platform and how randomization of questions and alternatives is carried out).  We did two versions of this workshop, one at the faculty of law for the coordinators at the law faculty and medical faculty, and one at CED for the IIIEE.

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Anna, Markus, Mark, Daniel and Lotta are learning about Google Hangouts on Air.

The last workshop was about how to arrange Google hangouts on Air. Two of the teams (the IIIEE and Medical faculty teams) are planning to stream live sessions with instructors during the course weeks. The tool most widely used for this in Coursera courses is Google hangouts. Google Hangouts on Air are video sessions that can handle up to ten partcipants and a Q&A window were others can post questions. The session is streamed and can also be watched afterwards via Youtube. We had Peter Arnfalk from the IIIEE with us via a live link since he couldn’t join us in person, so we could actually send the Google Hangout workshop as a Google Hangout on Air:). In order to prepare for the hangouts the teams created Google pages for their courses and then each team tried to launch a hangout and test the functions. Now the teams have a few weeks to test this ”at home” and then we will try it out again and see if there are any more issues that we need to address before the courses go live. During this period of time the staff can also think about what kind of hangout they want to do. In some courses, the hangouts are used to give the participants a chance to listen to a panel consisting of several instructors that answer questions either posted in before hand in the forums or in real time in the Q&A window. In other courses, some of the more active participants are invited to join the hangout via video and can pose questions to and discuss with the instructor(s).

We have also been involved in the planning of a joint Scandinavian conference on MOOCs together with Karolinska Institutet, Chalmers and Uppsala. The conference will be held at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm in June next year. Call for papers is written at this moment and we have some exciting keynote speakers! More info will come soon.

Next week should be fun since I will be joining up with representatives from other LERU (Leading European Research Universities) representatives in the e-learning group in Edinburgh. MOOCs will, naturally, be on the agenda but also other e-learning initiatives and projects and I’m looking forward to discuss and learn from others. After that, we will start planning our next workshop, which will be a training session for the teaching assistants (TAs) on how to moderate forums.

Quality Assurance document

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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