Moderating the cope14 MOOC
Posted März 29, 2014on:
On 22. April our cope14 MOOC will start with hundreds of learners – and my colleague Erika and I aim to moderate this bunch of different learners.
I believe I’m not too bad in monitoring online learning processes and I have a lot of experience caring for my online groups – but … these were rather small groups, 8 persons, 15 or 16, sometimes 30 in my teaching or training activities, sometimes around 50-60. And, yes, they wrote 1100 contributions in 3 weeks (30 social worker students) or more than 1800 contributions in 4 weeks (15 participants in my most active training course), and I really read every contribution carefully. Now I’m fantasizing how many contributions the cope14 learners will create during a day?
In some of my learning scenarios I’m monitoring the web, searching for „my“ learners‘ products on twitter, google+ or in the Moodle plattform – but I never encountered such an open exchange as we aim for in the cope14 MOOC.
The cope14 learners will hopefully be very active in writing, speaking, drawing and discussing their ideas around our topics. And they will share their questions, ideas, products
- anywhere in the web, hopefully with a link in a comment to the cope14 website and / or
- in their own blog (I know that some learners are already building their blogs) and / or
- on twitter using the hashtag #cope14 and / or
- in the facebook or the google+ community.
Until now I’m using a list with the activities of the week and the learners‘ names (20 in this example) to monitor the learning artifacts:
I mark every activity of each learner with a short line. In this way I get an overview how active the learners are and who maybe needs some support. By drawing the short line in the list I get in touch with the learners, they become real persons for me. And based on this process I’m ready to react: appreciate their work, summarize or weave, ask questions, link further infos.
But … in the case of our MOOC such an approach will not work, won’t it? There will be too many learners. Nevertheless I will try … because I need a tool to get an impression of the learners and I’m not satisfied getting some statistics by a program.
So, I’m really curios how Erika and I will survive in monitoring and moderating the cope14 MOOC.