Design of MOOC

Lisbeth Frølunde and Bojana Romic identified the need to perform a small-scale feasibility study in order to map out and determine how a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) could be designed specifically for a project entitled Narrative Seeds. The primary goal was to make an overview of available MOOCs as input into further design process with four European youth media partners in Narrative Seeds (in spring 2015), and a subsequent reapplication in 2016. Recommendations about MOOCs are in line with traditions of critically exploring the pedagogical use of a variety of technologies, materials and approaches at RUC.

The objectives of the feasibility study on MOOCs are:

  • Locating RUC’s position, roles and needs in regard to producing and hosting a MOOC.
  • Determining the most suitable MOOC for RUC (and Narrative Seeds partners) (e.g. Coursera, edX, Udacity…)
  • Considering the practical challenges (such as hosting, cost, producing instructional content, copyright, type of contracts, etc.)

Frølunde and Romic conducted interviews in 2015 with representatives from institutions that have made MOOCs (Copenhagen University, UC Zealand) and experts at RUC. We found that a MOOC is not optimal for this European project and network of partners. A MOOC is not a feasible solution now because of: the high production cost, the coordination required in this kind of centralized effort (for instance, run by an online learning team within a university), and the need for sustained interaction by instructors. As a start toward a MOOC, a bottom up approach to co-creating a site or wiki with contents (books, articles and videos) is more relevant in order to develop and share contents. Other platforms offer affordances suitable to partners, such as: wikispaces, ISSUU (online books), affiliation with other sites (such as Everyday Stories, CPH:DOX, and the new Open Media Lab at RUC:, and YouTube.