Bigger and Better “Making MOOCs on a Budget”

Making MOOCs on a Budget is the title of the MOOC we have built and delivered for the #moocs4all project.   We are now preparing for our next delivery which is going to be “bigger and better” and will start on the 17th of May, 2016.  If you are interested you can register here

This five-week course will show interested participants how to build a MOOC, including lots of tips and tricks that we had to discover ourselves, and most importantly, at an affordable cost. It covers content creation and content sourcing from the web, assessment at large scale through the use of quizzes and peer assignments, communication between learners and course design. Not only will this course show you how to build a MOOC, it will provide you with support from tutors and fellow participants if you wish to build your own MOOC.

You can choose what you want to get out of this course.  Depending on your level of interest it will require between one and six hours of effort per week.  You can participate at any of the following levels (all free):

  1. Viewing and reading the course materials to gain an insight into the low-cost techniques that can be used to build MOOCs.
  2. Taking all the quizzes successfully to gain a Certificate of Completion.
  3. Submitting the assignments and reviewing those of other participants to gain a Certificate of Accomplishment.
  4. Lastly, you will have access to the course materials, tutors and fellow participants for a period of three months to help you build your own MOOC and gain a MOOC Builder Certificate.

This course is being delivered by our #moocs4all team, from five European higher education institutions with significant experience in content development, online distance learning and MOOCs. Not only will we be providing students with knowledge and advice drawn from their own research and experiences, we will be creating the opportunity for participants to share their experiences and add more knowledge to the course.

This course is for all with an interest in making MOOCs, specifically in an efficient way. Some experience in making online courses will be helpful although we will point you to resources to start from scratch.

The course leaders:

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Brian Mulligan from IT Sligo has been involved in distance learning provision since 1989 and in online distance learning since 2002. It has grown rapidly to approximately 1800 students (~25% of the student body) using a low-cost development approach. He has recently managed the successful development and delivery an industry focused MOOC, “Introduction to Lean Sigma Quality” and is currently supporting a four external subject matter experts in developing low-cost MOOCs on a project funded by Intel Ireland.

Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany

Jörn Loviscach is a professor of technical mathematics and computer engineering at Fachhochschule Bielefeld (University of Applied Sciences) in Bielefeld, Germany. In the German-speaking countries, Jörn Loviscach is well-known for his YouTube channel with thousands of videos on mathematics, computer science and related topics as well as talks on education and e-learning. Addressing an English-speaking audience, his massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Differential Equations in Action” went online on Udacity in 2012.

Technische Universiteit Delft, Holland

Janine Kiers. is the Product Manager MOOCs at TU Delft. By the start of 2015, TU Delft has offered 18 MOOCs on the edX platform and continues to develop courses and improve them for reruns. This forms part of the focus on open and online education the TU Delft has committed to. The expertise TU Delft has developed ranges from e-Learning development to videography and instructional design to copyright expertise.

Universitat de Girona, Spain.

Sílvia Simon and Miquel Duran, active researchers at the University of Girona (UdG), have a good experience in training lecturers to develop their own MOOCs, besides having created two MOOCs in the Spanish MiriadaX platform and creating two new ones in 2015.  They connect MOOCs with Open Science and also with a new way of Science Communication. The Catalan Regional Government partially funded a MOOC in 2014, and has recently funded two new MOOC courses for this team, which are included in the LoCoMoTion proposal.

About brianmmulligan

Head of Online Learning Innovation, Institute of Technology Sligo, Checkout my blog on education, "I wouldn't start from here anyway!" at
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