On June 11th, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering hosted our second annual MOOC Design Round Table, which was attended by several teams that have new project funding or are considering proposal development in the coming year. New initiatives are percolating across several divisions, including Engineering, Pharmacy, OISE and the iSchool. In addition to a process overview and practical design activities, we also had presentations from Bobby Glushko, from UTL’s Scholarly Communications Office, and Stian Haklev, coordinator of institutional research support for MOOCs under the Open UToronto umbrella.
Our design round table explored a range of topics including a platform comparison between Coursera and EdX, online learning design theory and process basics, activity scaffolding and assessment design, marketing, copyright issues and research opportunities.
A central focus of the discussion was the work of Dr. Jim Wallace’s team from Mechanical Engineering. This group will be exploring online learning at scale with through development of a new Coursera MOOC on the topic of alternative energy systems to be launched in fall 2014.
Another unique feature of this session was the participation of a colleague from UBC via Skype. Barry Magrill, who leads out their Coursera MOOC development for their Flexible Learning office, joined in the design activities and discussion throughout the day. UBC is similarly including us in their MOOC community activities so that we may share learn from one another’s experiences through virtual collaboration.