How to Teach Online

A community college in Hawaii has just started a MOOC on ‘How to Teach Online‘.

I am interested to see how it works as we will be developing a similar course for our Postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education to start in March 2014.

‘How to teach Online’ is described as a MOOC and has a clearly expressed connectivist pedagogy. I notice that they will not be using an LMS, such as Moodle (which we will probably use). Whilst connectivism is an interesting idea and great for many learners, I am not convinced this way of learning is for everyone. I think this style of course caters for a particular type of learner. On the other hand you have the so called x-moocs which are highly structured and can often be done by individuals in isolation; with no community or collaboration. What I am interested in is how to create an online course that gets the best from both worlds to meet the needs of as wide a range of learners as possible.

I am also interested in the ‘novice’. ‘Novice’ in a sense of both the course content and online learner. Are connectivist MOOCS too overwhelming for many because of the sheer number of new ‘things’ (tools, content…) you have to deal with to get started? How to Teach online has a ‘prep’ week to give time for learners to get to grips with the tools and the nature of the course. It should be interesting. Hopefully I can find the time to get involved!!!

So to answer the course intro questions.

Q; What is your intention for this workshop (why are you here)?

I’m an educational developer in the UK and my intentions are kinda outined above.

Q: What issues do you think are important?

Participation – keeping learners engaged throughout the course.

Q: How  will contribute?

Blogging (probably, I always have good intentions with my blog but…), Trying to have a look at the different content available, Creating some artefacts would be great. Discussions.

Q: How would you like to see community develop among participants?

Hmm, can I get back to you on that one 🙂

Q: These types of workshops are new for most people. In fact  about 90% don’t even participate. How will you overcome the fear of learning in the open and the frustration of using new technology, courageously work through any setbacks, and not give up?

Personally, learning in the open is not an issue as I’ve been teaching online for many years and have taught and participated in MOOCS before as well as having created Open Educational Resources. For me the biggest issue is time. I work full-time and I am studying part time for a doctorate. Squeezing in another course is the biggest challenge.

So, a big Hello from me to everyone on the course and wishing the course team all the best.

By Neil Currant Posted in tomooc

3 comments on “How to Teach Online

  1. Interested in learning about the Postgraduate certificate you are developing in teaching and learning. Are you offering it all online? As a MOOC? What are the outcomes of the certificate?

  2. Hi Leanne
    We are offering a third of the credits as two short (5 week) MOOCs in Semester 2 of this academic year (FSLT14 & Teaching online14). We are testing out the idea of free to learn and participate but there is a fee to validate the credit with the university.
    If participants complete the credit from both MOOCs it entitles them to Associate Fellowship of the UK’s Higher Education Academy which is increasingly becoming a useful CV booster for PhD students looking for their first academic job.
    I hope that answers your questions. All the best Neil

    • Yes, answered my questions. I like the idea of free to learn with the fee for credits. Great model and wondering how we could use it at our institution…

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