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AK: Project Design Proposal - Graduate Level mLearning Course in MOOC format [OLDS MOOC]

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Apostolos Koutropoulos
11 January 2013

This is the project design proposal, for the Dreambazaar, for Week 1 of OLDS MOOC

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Mobile Learning Course Creation


Tags: mLearning, graduate school, instructional design, Open Course Design


For reference purposes,


Now I am thinking of the design considerations of the same course as a cMOOC :-)


Your situation (context)

Describe the material and social characteristics of the environment in which you operate. Where will your project take place? Who are the main actors involved? Include images, videos, sketches - anything that would help others understand the opportunities and constraints you are dealing with.

This is an open project in that anyone is welcomed to join, participate, co-develop and co-lead! The technologies to be used are open (as in free-to-use) technologies on the web.  There is no support for this project at an institutional level, so I am working on it as a hobby. The only constraints for this project are that:


  • Sound learning design/instructional design theories need to be employed in the continued development of the course
  • The course needs to be open for everyone (with some required background) to take and modify for their own purposes.
  • Preferably this course would be a cMOOC.




The change you would like to see (challenge)

What do you hope to achieve? What would be different if you succeed?

With all of the notoriety of xMOOCs this past year, good online course design went un-noticed and a lot of MOOCs seem to have come by way of the cookie cutter.  


I am interested in taking a graduate level course in mobile learning (introduction to mobile learning) and designing a cMOOC that is not based on the cookie cutter/automation approach. The course needs to be a graduate course as far as "academic rigor" goes.


The goal here is to provide some light in what learning design makes for a good MOOC, while using the case of mLearning as the usecase.





How you might go about bringing that change

What is your pedagogical approach? Which technologies will you use to implement it, and how?

I am open to discussing alternatives. This is, actually, why I joined the dreambazaar :-)



Apostolos Koutropoulos
22:35 on 11 January 2013 (Edited 15:21 on 12 January 2013)

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Ilene Alexander
10:32am 12 January 2013

I'm also working on a grad level course - admin support is there in so far as "develop it" but not in terms of operational support or official allocation of work time to the design process. Motivates me to collaborate with others in similar mix. Would welcome continuing to talk as both courses move ahead.

Apostolos Koutropoulos
3:27pm 12 January 2013

Good to see you again Ilene. I think our paths have crossed in the past in previous (c)MOOCs :-) I know what you mean when you say support is there, but not in terms of work time ;-)  Luckily my course is an experimental course (i.e. not in our formal course catalogue yet), so I have more time (and possibly creative freedom)  to tinker with it.  The Online syllabus was the course proposal that I put forth.  The Blended version I made when I was working in depth on Blended Learning (September-December 2012).  Now OLDS MOOC is giving me a chance to work on a MOOC version :-)

Even if I don't work on this project now, it made sense for me to post what work I have already as creative commons in case it benefits others :)

Ignatia / Inge de Waard
9:16am 14 January 2013

hi AK, Hi Ilene, 

Interested in setting up an mLearning course as well. 

@AK, I like your syllabus proposal. The open end for pedagogies used is what interests me, as I believe here lies a potential innovative approach. Looking at your syllabus, I see that it is written with a seminar idea in mind, and if I understand correctly it is face-to-face at times? That gave me some problems in the past with igniting the online forums. In my experience a lot of creative people from the teams that would come together face-to-face actually did not contribute much in the online discussions, as they felt they needed to 'connect' physically, or that they were in dubio on the whether the online discussions would 'stick' once they met (so double work was anticipated, and was demotivating for some). 

To me the balance between purely online and face-to-face is a difficult one to merge with innovative communication and learning tools. Quite a challenge. 

Apostolos Koutropoulos
4:42pm 14 January 2013

Hi Inge,

I agree, blending a course does require quite a lot of effort, both on the part of the designer of the course, and the instructor.  It's easy to see connections when you hav an online-only or an on-campus-only course, but when you blend the course you need to make sure that learners can see the connections between the online and on-campus components, and that they are able to use what they learn online in their on-campus sessions, and vice-versa :-)

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