Wednesday 5th June, 2013
9:00am to 9:45am
The MOOC Introduction to Communication Science of the University of Amsterdam was built on the Sakai platform because we had quite a lot of experience with WebKlassen, a small scale version of online education. The Sakai platform was a good choice; it provided almost all we wanted in our first MOOC. The costs of the extra development were negligible compared to building a dedicated new platform. The students were very happy with the MOOC: 95% agreed the course fulfilled its promise, 92% enjoyed the course, 95% thought the course was interesting and 70% found the exam challenging, certainly not too easy. And 97% replied that the UvA should provide more MOOC?s (n=717). The experiment with our MOOC has fired up the internal and external discussions about online education. The results challenge the traditional wisdom of the quality of education in workgroups and in hall lectures. The didactical model behind a MOOC should be very different from traditional forms to be effective and efficient. But MOOC?s have some challenges too. But we are only at the beginning. MOOC?s are here to stay and MOOC?s are here to change.
Visiting Professor and Manager, Communication Science
Arie K. den Boon (Ph.D.) is visiting professor of the Graduate School of Communication of the University of Amsterdam. He coaches students writing their master theses and is initiator and program manager of the first MOOC of the UvA. Den Boon is cofounder of the incubator StartupPush (with Paul Eikelenboom), an initiative to train students and help them set up their own startup.
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