Access to the internet means access to anytime, anywhere learning. Today, anyone with an internet connection can choose from a platter of courses from the world's best universities with platforms like edX, Coursera, Udacity, and Khan Academy. How does this impact us as MOOC creators? Primarily, it means we shouldn’t limit the scope of our… Continue reading Platform – the building blocks of your MOOC
Think of a house without a blueprint. How does it look? The blueprint lays out a map of your house and the design on which you can build your dream home. A storyboard does that to your course. It lays a foundation, maps out the flow of your content, presents ideas for visual design and reduces… Continue reading Storyboarding – the blueprint your course needs
Classrooms may have evolved but instructors’ biggest question remains the same – how can lectures be delivered to help students grasp concepts better? Earlier, face-to-face lectures were interspersed with hands-on activities. Today, with the emergence of online courses, teachers can design the learning process in different ways. For instance, they can ask students to watch… Continue reading Blended learning – a combination of the best instructional methods
Have you ever come across an online course and thought, “wow”? What contributes to that wow factor? The answer is great instructional design (or ID), which helps the audience learn and apply the skills taught in the course. So, what is ID? I have been an instructional designer for almost 10 years now and one… Continue reading Why Instructional Design?
Be it a brick and mortar classroom or a virtual classroom, the biggest challenge for an instructor is to keep the learner 'engaged.' In a physical classroom, this challenge may ease marginally as engagement as a behaviour is directly observable through grades, class participation and attendance. However, you will agree that the scenario is quite… Continue reading Understanding Learner Engagement in MOOCs
World Bank recently published its World Development Report 2018 on 'Learning to Realize Education's Promise' - with a great assessment of the current education landscape, the problems that plague it and the interventions that must be acted upon immediately to make learning work for the world. While the entire report is available for consumption on… Continue reading Learning to Realize Education’s Promise: An EdTech Commentary
The concept of learner engagement has been receiving global attention in recent years. Needless to say that the reason for such increased attention is the popularity of MOOCs and other online learning initiatives and the fact that learner engagement is viewed as an important component in assessing and improving the quality of MOOCs. The potential… Continue reading Driving learner engagement
A rich blend of learning and teaching can make learning experience richer! This post examines how blended teaching using MOOCs is the ideal transition in this age of information technology