How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it
I don’t usually like to title a post with negative connotations, but there is no way to put a positive spin on my experience with the MOOC I’m enrolled in through Coursera, Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application. The course so far is a disaster, ‘a mess’ as numerous students have called it. Ironically, the learning outcome of the course is to create our own online course. To be fair, there are some good points to the course, but there are significant factors contributing to a frustrating course experience for students, myself included. Group Chaos There are three key factors contributing to this course calamity and all link to the group assignment. The first, a ‘technical glitch’ was big enough to cause one of Google’s servers to crash. The course started Monday, January 28, 2013 and problems began on day one when participants were instructed to ‘join a group’. What happens When Group Work Goes Haywire This course will be collaborative in nature. Like this:
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