This week I am meant to be considering whether the MOOC approach could be adopted in my area of teaching. I did a quick scan of FutureLearn and thought about the scene in Education Rita where Rita is asked how to over come staging issues of a particular play, to which she smartly replies 'Put it on the radio' and thought I could offer a similar answer - absolutely it could - because it has been
Good Brain Bad Brain on FutureLearn
is a nice example of a neuroscience MOOC. But rather than take the neuroscience approach to a MOOC I thought I could be more creative and consider whether my learning design module or teaching could adopt a MOOC approach. Currently I teach on a 15 point module where I teach students about teaching and they work together to produce a teaching resource, complete with its own VLE. Assessment at present is through a series of blogs, reflections and peer review so I think it would work very well as a MOOC. However, it turns out that learning design is already alive a well on FutureLearn as well. The current course looks so interesting I have actually signed up for it when it next begins in June. So this leads me to my final area which is skills for university study. Unsurprisingly there are lots of MOOCS available in this area as well.
The fact that so many MOOCs exist for the areas I teach in does suggest that is perfectly possible to adopt the MOOC approach to what I do but it got me thinking about my work outside academia. I do a fair amount of work with the Education Development Trust working with teachers to conduct research in schools. Now of course there are plenty of MOOCs out there on research methods but I wondered about whether anyone had done a MOOC on neuroeducation and I was quite excited to see that they had not (at least on FutureLearn). If you flick over to my books page you can see that this is an area I write about quite a bit. Having had this realisation the first thing I did was email my co-author on the latest book to see what he thought about the idea and then I started to come up with a list of why a MOOC approach might work well here: