Workshop 5: Lets design and develop a global open classroom… together!

ID: 53717 Type: Workshop
  1. Lisa O'Neill, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Wednesday, October 17 10:15 AM-12:45 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 1 View on map

Abstract: The Delft University of Technology just registered its 2,000,000th massively open online course (MOOC) participant. This represents 1.27 million global learners. 37,500 people within this group paid a fee, were formally assessed, and have received a certificate. Some of these learners are on campus right now, taking a MOOC to ‘get ahead’ of the curve in their Engineering program. Others are taking an Aerospace MOOC that will give them credit for one of their program electives. All of these learners are part of a global community who wish to develop in ways that may not fit a traditional, on-campus model of teaching and learning. Whether we are designing online learning, or marketing to potential learners we must know our audience. How do the above learner characteristics inform this work? How do we reach global, connected learners who learn ‘just because’ AND ‘just in time’? We must design and market to these characteristics, and these learners. In this workshop we will design a short (4 hr per week) MOOC and identify proactive measures that support our MOOCs success in the long term. We will map our course, use ready resources to make development more agile, and apply best practices to facilitate engaging course experiences.


The workshop will focus on answering the question: How do I make design choices, remix content, develop only when necessary, and lead in ways that support a classroom of globally distributed learners? By the end of the session learner will also be able to: • Justify decisions about the application of design to teaching and learning, copyright, privacy and access expectations, and • Structure a short, active, multi-model MOOC.

Topical Outline

Stage 1: Design – The architect • Sketching bright ideas • Framing your blueprint Stage 2: Development – The R’s have it • Remixing ready resources • Revision cycles • Remaining responsive Stage 3: Delivery – FAR and wide • Facilitating the experience (of getting in, getting started, and getting through) • Analyzing the experience • Rewarding the experience


Basic familiarity with MOOC platforms, and an appreciation for their potential in higher education, will help with discussions. Intended Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome. It would be ideal if, before the workshops starts, participants enroll as an auditor in, and have completed at least the first two modules within, a MOOC that interests them.

Experience Level



The workshop facilitator holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Calgary, and researches key characteristics that effectively embed media in the higher education learner experience. She has worked as a Faculty Developer for almost 20 years, supporting the integration of technology in teaching and learning, and best ‘Teach in the Open’ practices. As the Manager for the Educational Media Team at Simon Fraser University (SFU) she developed and led the Educational Media Protégé (EMP) program, a faculty apprenticeship program which instills a media creator capacity and an open education mindset in SFU faculty. Dr O’Neill currently lives in the Netherlands working as a Learning Developer with the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). At TU Delft Lisa is the ID Project Manager for almost 40 of the institutions massively open online courses (MOOC’s) hosted on the EdX platform. She is also an online sessional faculty member, within the Master of Teaching program, at the University of Cape Breton. Her courses assist k-12 teachers (as learners) to design effective technology enabled learner experiences.


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