Posted by Wilma De Villiers

MOOC’s is the new ‘kid’ in education and there is currently no best practice regarding the management, governance and implementation thereof. There are MOOC’s platforms but many institutions are also in the process of developing and implementing their own. Best practices are currently being investigated and debated in an attempt to find the best practices.

MOOC’s attempt to offer products that students and educators can benefit from. It allows people to take advantage of material for free. Learning is made possible from various sources that are available but the person will have to be more involved in the direction of his or her development than in the case with other types of training.

There are mainly two ways of developing and implementing a MOOC’s course: Develop a new course or take existing material and change it into an online course. It can even be used by companies as a tool to better equip their employees. This platform can create collaboration within the company but the company will have to be willing to put in an effort.

The question should be asked, What do students and educators want? Sufficient research has not be done to answer the question but current trends in education can be used in an attempt to answer the question. This will include how they, students and educators, want MOOC’s to be managed and implemented.

There are many more questions: Who should be responsible for quality assurance? Should and can it be acknowledged by the workplace? Will adding a small fee to register for the course be necessary or should it stay free? How can it be made accessible to more people? Who has the right to offer these courses?

Posted by Wilma De Villiers

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  1. Profile photo of Frederick

    Thank you Wilma for this brief overview. Can you expand on how companies can adopt MOOCs?

  2. Profile photo of David Jones

    If you where to put it in steps, how would you implement MOOCs at your own institution?

  3. Profile photo of Martha Malete

    Thanks again WIlma, Which of the two approaches (of developing & implementing MOOCs) you mentioned do you prefer, and why?

  4. Profile photo of Wilma De Villiers

    Our College embarked on offering an online course in Educare. Video clips, articles, information sheets, etc are uploaded for students to access. Lecturers can also access this. It is part of their in-service training programme. For example, it is decided in a meeting to all access and read a specific article. At a follow-up meeting this article is discussed. Frederick, this is one way of an institution using online as staff training. It is an informal way of learning and is then followed up with discussions. When new-comers join the team they are directed to the website to find topic related information. I think this is quite clever to use the online course also for lecturers/ facilitators.
    Companies can go the same route. For example, a website where PA’s can watch video clips on customer service.

  5. Profile photo of Wilma De Villiers

    Martha, at our institution it is better to take existing material because we have a bank of material that has been developed over the years. When we implemented our first online course we took the learning material that we used for our full time students and adapted it so that it is user-friendly for online users.

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