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Offering cMOOCs collaboratively: The COER13 experience from the convenors perspective

Patricia Arnold, Swapna Kumar, Anne Thillosen and Martin Ebner



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Open Educational Resources


Overall of the course

cMOOC on Open Educational Resources Hosted by 6 institutions 12 weeks (April - June 2013) Badges in the end of the course

Technical components

Mainwebsite gRSShopper additionally discussion forum, Twitter Hashtag during runtime: Facebook group and Google+

private Weblogs of hosters and participants


Registrations: 1090 Contribution to the forum: 550 Blogposts: 316; Tweets: 2247 Badges: 90

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convenors perceptions of collaborative planning and implementation

Collaborative planning

It was easier for them to design, implement and manage the MOOC as a group, instead of as individuals, because each convenor brought different strengths to the MOOC

This made the MOOC more manageable to one convenor who expressed relief, I didnt have to do everything. I also didnt have to know everything about everything.

Implementation The biggest theme that emerged [...] about the implementation of the MOOC was the multiple technologies or virtual spaces used for interactions (with participants and among participants)

The convenors choice and use of the virtual spaces depended on their own familiarity and comfort level with the technology used

Lessons Learnt

diverse group of learners who participate clearly define roles and responsibilities not
only in terms of design and implementation, but also virtual space management and interaction management implementation about how things were going and what needed to be changed

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Collaboration Digital habitats Methodological reflections

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... it needs an intensive planning phase ... design your virtual communication spaces ... think about different responsibilities ... adapt virtual discussion spaces to thematic units ... be open for new emergent situations


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Graz University of Technology

Swapna Kumar swapnakumar@coe.ufl.edu http://www.swapnakumar.com Martin Ebner martin.ebner@tugraz.at http://elearning.tugraz.at