How I made a MOOC

Well, to be fair, it’s not yet a full course, rather a course proposal. Whether it will have the chance to become a real MOOC is unclear yet and depends on your support. But about that later.

Taking the #edcmooc dragged me into this whole massive open online course business and I continued with taking MOOCs on innovation by Vanderbilt University on Coursera and creative learning by the MIT Media Lab done entirely on Google+. So, as you may imagine, after all the information on digital education, innovation and creativity coming my way, I jumped at the chance when a friend of mine asked if I want to participate in making a MOOC proposal together with her and a former professor of mine. Another PhD student who is more proficient in drawing and making videos joined our team and a little over a month later our proposal was complete.

comein2Why a MOOC proposal you might ask? There is a plan to open a new online course platform called Iversity and they, together with an innovation agency for the German science system, have announced a MOOC Production Fellowship. They will award 10 best courses – determined by online voting and a jury – 25 000 EUR each to develop an innovative MOOC.

I’m quite in love with our proposal but, of course, I’m not entirely objective 🙂 Why don’t I tell you three main reasons why I find the course awesome and let you judge for yourselves.

1. Lately notions such as “big data” have become buzzwords and the Harvard Business Review has claimed that data science will the the sexiest job in the 21st century. But what does this all mean? This course will be about hands-on ways and means to actually work with data, combining the quantitative numbers with in-depth analysis of the (qualitative) subjective meaning of the information.

2. Trying out things practically is very important and the participants will be able to choose between doing an individual project or working in a group. And we will take especial care that people know what the others are up to so that they can follow and comment on each other’s projects, for example, by issuing a weekly magazine compiling project blogs.

3. Perhaps my favorite part of this whole thing is that the material that the participants will work with will include (but will not be limited to) course-generated content. This means that all the blog posts, forum threads, Twitter chats etc. will be used as material for analysis, be it qualitative, quantitative or both. I’m sure we’ll see some really creative ways of making new connections of the information seen by everyone!

Here’s a short video telling a little more about this  (yes, the voice is mine, still hard for me to get used to listening to myself :))


Have I convinced you that the course really is great? If I have, you can support us and VOTE HERE to help making this proposal a real MOOC anyone in the whole wide world can take. And if you really, really liked it SHARE it and help us get even more support!


For more information see our blog and our Twitter page.


Image source: joshfrench (Creative Commons)


One comment

  1. Good luck with this – it sounds great!

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