Feedback to the assignments of week 2

Dear learners, I’m very excited about your work with regard to the assignments 3,4,5. You got involved into the topic of week 2 and did a good job to develop concrete ideas for your future MOOC!

When you are reading my feedback please keep in mind that it’s only the opinion of one person. Don’t take me too serious. If my thoughts are useful, implement them, if not forget them! And … Thomas and I as well didn’t fulfill all the requirements in this MOOC Camp 😉

Assignment 3

First I found it amazing that some of you wrote an introductory text for your MOOC and elaborated week 1 as well. Creating the assignment I wanted that you work either on your future MOOC or on a week of your future MOOC. But the first person who provided the results for assignment 3 did it in this way: writing about her MOOC and week 1 – and then nearly everybody did as she did. This happens often in online learning processes and as online teacher you have to accept it.

Title and acronym

The title and the acronym are the most important parts of your MOOC. And … it’s really hard to find nice ones. We invested a lot of time to invent the title Competences for Global Collaboration – cope15 – and were very proud of it. In the case of the MOOC Camp the title is ok … but we don’t have an acronym. I’m using #atletycmooc for twitter but omit the year because it is already too long.

  • I like Andrea’s title and acronym Gemra20
  • I love Alea’s MOOCooperation – and … I’m not sure if I would use it as title or acronym?
  • I think #trainteam would work – Training to train players in team sports is maybe too open and non specific
  • I believe a question is of great use in the introductory text of a MOOC but I wouldn’t use it in the title as Judith did. I would omit the ‘-‘ and use the acronym MOOC4DC
  • Marc invented a nice acronym MyFinance but I bet it is already used … you have to check your titles and acronyms and the cool ones are often already used
  • I love MOOCOOL from Dino – could it be that there is a very creative spot in Bosnia and Herzegovina, did you work on this assignment together with Aela?
  • Success DC has a nice sound but I didn’t understand what it means …
  • And I really love Saulius MOBS which you can use easily as #mobs16 as well. ….. Of course #mobs16 exists already, take a look at twitter.
  • Paolo succeeds to put a lot of specific information into the title of his MOOC FALL prevention and Training in Older adults – I also like how he uses of capital letters

Introduction

I like Elizabeta’s introduction which includes a question as well. Nevertheless I would like to get more information. Also Corrado uses a good question, probably I would move the question more to the beginning of his MOOC. I like it, that Andrea mentions three aspects which will be learned in her MOOC: network, exchange of teaching materials, discussion and evaluation.

How much information is needed in the introductory text  probably depends on the reader. I like it as short as possible but very often do not succeed in creating such a short text.

I like Aelas course description … but on the other hand from a pedagogical point of view her moocooperation seems to be expert-driven – she uses words as ‘… course will offer a detailed description of’ …’ guide you through developing ..’ Maybe she could include networking and learning form each other as well as Andrea did in her Gemra20.

Judit addresses the learners directly which is another way to engage them. Marc explains the background of why you should learn in his MOOC very well – and only in a view sentences!

Dino writes about a ‘highly interactive on – line course’ which creates feelings of suspicion for me, … what do your learners precisely have to do in the MOOC? I like Chiaras very short introduction but I would need more information to really engage. I would change the sentences 2 and 3 in Saulius’ introduction. It makes more sense to speak first about ‘in this course ….’ and later on ‘after this course ..’.

To summarize

  • Questions work well in an introductory text
  • I like to read 2-3 aspects about what to learn in a MOOC
  • Good short text is very valuable to introduce the subject of a MOOC.
  • Personally I like MOOCs where I can network and get in touch with many other opinions but other learners prefer MOOCs where experts share their knowledge. So it’s up to you which MOOC you want to create.
  • It could be engaging when you address the learners directly using ‘you’.

Dont’s

Please avoid abbreviations if possible. There are people in the net who do not know about GCED or DC for example.

Assignment 4

I like all the learning objectives 🙂 Therefore only some short comments:

  • In week 1 Corrado invites the learners ‘to highlight the main expectations before attending TrainTeam MOOC’ – that’s contradictory, isn’t it?
  • This objective should be re-formulated ‘MOOCOOL as instrument for networking’ – what should it mean? Maybe ‘learn to use MOOCOOL as instrument for networking’?
  • Learning objectives determine what the participant will learn, therefore you should use verbs. ‘Basic principles of financial reporting’ => discuss /get to know basic principles of financial reporting

Assignment 5

I wrote the feedback as comments to the assignments created by the learners.

2 Comments

  1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

    Yes Corrado, I believe it will work how you describe it. Maybe I misunderstood your English (this can happen in German as well 🙂 ). For me it was contradictory to image your learners who work already in week 1 and should think about their expectations ‘before’ the MOOC. Mabye that’s ‘Haarspalterei’ ‘hair splitting’ ‘sutileza’ ?? Have a nice Friday evening, Jutts

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  2. Corrado

    Dear Jutta,
    thank you for your comments. I’d like to share with you my point of view also to ask you if it isn’t coherent to the development of MOOC .
    I invited learners ‘to highlight the main expectations before attending TrainTeam MOOC’ just to have some feedbacks to be more aware of the future learning process that has to be provided. Even though, as moderator, I should have the whole material in a definitive structure before starting MOOC, I though that, after asking the learners’ expectations, it could be more possible promoting teaching approaches which are more tailored to the their needs, by highlighting all main topics in terms of interest. Could it work?

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