Mon 8th June 2015 - 11:38

Designing MOOCs for professional learners: Tools and patterns to encourage self-regulated learning

Employers are becoming aware of the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a significant form of learning for work. 

MOOCs have the potential to transform professional learning, but require learners to be self-regulated. Most MOOCs are not designed in ways that encourage self-regulated learning. Therefore there is a need for design tools that can guide instructional designers and teachers in designing MOOCs that promote self-regulation. This paper presents two toolsets to guide MOOC design. MOOC-SRL (Self-regulated learning) patterns allow the sharing and reuse of MOOC designs that encourage self-regulation. These design patterns demonstrate ways in which courses can take advantage of the knowledge and expertise that professional learners bring to their formal learning experience, and highlight the importance of course design that engages professional learners and meets their individual needs. The MOOC-DTQ (Design Team Questionnaire) is an audit tool that guides instructional designers in pedagogic design decisions made at platform (macro) level as well as at course (micro) level. The tool enables instructional designers to question their design decisions and provides possible interventions that may improve their design. These tools were developed as part of a larger study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation MOOC Research Initiative.
Editorial note:
The design tools presented in this paper are outputs from a larger study on Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses 
The paper includes links to several open research instruments:
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