MOOCs4U—MOOCs from different providers in one place

MOOCs4U is a search engine that supports users in finding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). To access this app’s content, users should first register by tapping the “Lined” button on the top left of the screen and then tapping the “Login” option. After registering, users can browse MOOCs by key terms using the “Search” option or by course offerings using the “Platform” option. (The platforms include courses offered by Coursera, EDX, FutureLearn, Iversity, Open2Study, and Udacity.) When users find a MOOC that interests them, they can click it to read more information. To enroll in the MOOC, users…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.4
B. Design - 6.9
C. Engagement - 7.1

7.1

MOOCs4U: An App for Extended Learning

Summary : Need Helping Finding a MOOC?

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MOOCs4U is a search engine that supports users in finding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). To access this app’s content, users should first register by tapping the “Lined” button on the top left of the screen and then tapping the “Login” option. After registering, users can browse MOOCs by key terms using the “Search” option or by course offerings using the “Platform” option. (The platforms include courses offered by Coursera, EDX, FutureLearn, Iversity, Open2Study, and Udacity.) When users find a MOOC that interests them, they can click it to read more information. To enroll in the MOOC, users must tap the “share” button and follow the instructions.

Instructional Ideas

  1. As part of an extension activity, teachers can require students to enroll in one MOOC per semester that relates to the class. For example, if students are taking a 3D graphics course at their high school, they can enroll in a MOOC about art appreciation or comic book drawing. After completing the MOOC, students can complete a writing assignment for their high school class that explains: (1) why they enrolled in the MOOC, (2) what they learned from the MOOC, (3) how the MOOC and their high school class are connected, (4) if they would enroll in another MOOC offered by this instructor, and (5) what they plan to do with the knowledge gained from the MOOC.
  2. After becoming familiar with the way a MOOC is designed, teachers can require students to create a mini-MOOC about a topic they know, complete with assignments. Students can record themselves teaching lessons for their mini-MOOC using the TouchCast or VivaVideo apps, and they can create the assignments using the UX Documents or Office Offline apps. The videos and documents can then be posted to a folder on the class website, and teachers can allow other students to complete their peers’ mini-MOOCs.
  3. After completing a MOOC, students can write a critique of it that includes: (1) what they learned, (2) if the method used to teach the course was effective, and (3) if what they learned was useful. Students can post these critiques to a class website so other students can reference them when selecting a MOOC to attend.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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