Our first completed MOOCs

It’s been a long time since this blog was updated, for many reasons – one being of course that we have been busy running and evaluating our first two MOOCs! Since a few weeks ago, our courses on European Business Law and Greening the economy are successfully wrapped up and we have now started the evaluation process. Both courses have been amazingly run by the teams at the two faculties and the teaching assistants have done a great job moderating the forums. It has been such a joy to visit the forums and watch people from all over the world engage in discussions around topics such as the costs of green products and public procurement. A thread about paper or plastic grocery bags alone inspired 226 posts! So much engagement from the participants. The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics now find themselves buried (in a good way) under thousands of fantastic examples (handed in as a final assignment) of green products, cities and companies from all over the world, described though text, pictures, videos and links. What a goldmine!

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We are now evaluating the data and trying to understand what happened during these weeks, what the participants liked, what they didn’t like, what they feel they have learned and what kind of impact this may have on our university and on the faculties that have produced the courses. We want to discuss with the faculties how the material and the experience can be used to improve our regular provision at the university. We want o find out what the involved teachers, administrators and teaching assistants thought about the experience. And we also need to think about the future. In what form will these courses be offered again? And how can we benefit from this experience when we start producing new courses?

Lund University will produce at least two more courses during 2014, one or two courses on academic writing and one course on academic teaching. The production will start during the fall and the courses are planned to start during spring/summer 2016. But it looks like these might not be the only MOOCs we will be offering, as interest is high and many teachers and faculties are now becoming curious and want to better understand how we can use MOOCs as a way of spreading knowledge and improving our teaching.

If you want to find out more about the data from the two courses we have just completed, you will see some preliminary results here and here.

Our third MOOC, Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights will start on April 27! Don’t forget to enroll!

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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