EDEN Workshop Toward a Low-cost Production of MOOCs: Assessment and Accreditation

This is a short video to suggest ideas for assessment and accreditation in MOOCs that should be created in a budget.  It is intended to stimulate debate so we would very much like your contribution below.

This is one of the four topics we will address at the Workshop “Toward a Low-cost Production of MOOCs” at the forthcoming EDEN Conference in Barcelona. (Take part in the workshop remotely via videoconference 10th June – 16:30 – 18:00 CET )

Questions for discussion (add your comments below)

What is the value of a MOOC certificate?

Can we work to expand this value?

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EDEN Workshop Toward a Low-cost Production of MOOCs: Institutional Services

This is a short video to suggest ideas for services that could be provided by an institution to assist faculty to develop MOOCs at a low cost.  It is intended to stimulate debate so we would very much like your contribution below.

This is one of the four topics we will address at the Symposium “Toward a Low-cost Production of MOOCs” at the forthcoming EDEN Conference in Barcelona. (Take part in the workshop remotely via videoconference 10th June – 16:30 – 18:00 CET )

Question for discussion:  (please comment below)

How would you improve on the workflow for content creation described in the video?

Next Video:  Assessment and Accreditation of MOOCs

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Registration is now open for the MOOC “Making MOOCs on a budget”

Making MOOCs on a budget is the title of the MOOC we are organizing within the #moocs4all project. It is hosted at the edX system at TU Delft. Registration is now open and may be made at the course’s page.

This 5-week course will show interested participants how to build a MOOC at affordable costs. 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. In addition to serving the needs of the individual course developer it will also address how institutions can provide services to academics at reasonable costs. To finish the course it will look at the issue of awarding credit for achievement in MOOCs.

Satisfactory completion of the course will take between 4 and 6 hours per week and a certificate of accomplishment will be awarded to those who achieve a significant grade in the course quizzes and a number of assignments.  On completion of the course participants will be welcome to access the materials, tutors and classmates for a period of six months as a support in building their own MOOCs.

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.

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Workshop on “Low-cost MOOC Development” at EDEN2015 Conference, Barcelona, 10th June, 16:30 – 18:00 CET.


The Discussion starts now!

Within our Erasmus+ #moocs4all (http://moocs4all.eu) project, we are organizing a Workshop at the EDEN 2015 Conference (European Distance and e-Learning Network), which will take place in Barcelona on the 10th of June between 16:30 and 18:00 CET. (The workshop was recorded and the full recording is available here: http://itsligo.adobeconnect.com/p69ib7brag3/)

Not everyone of the usual team leaders will attend the meeting in person, but everyone will be able to follow it remotely. @brianmmulligan will fly to Barcelona, while @silviasimonr and @miquelduran will have a short high-speed train ride from Girona.

The title of the Workshop is Toward a Low-cost Production of MOOCs, and will consist of pre- and post-conference discussions here in this very #moocs4all blog. The workshop will consist of four discussions, each starting with a very short video.  you can listen to the videos now and start the discussion by commenting on our blog.

  1. Lean Content development, sourcing and hosting of MOOCs
  2. Pedagogical Approaches, Communication and Support of MOOCs
  3. Institutional Services for Low-cost Development
  4. Assessment and Accreditation

This conference, which follows the annual meeting of the EDEN Association, has currently the theme “Expanding learning scenarios”. Indeed, MOOCs fit very well within such a scope. The conference themes may be found here.

Here is the abstract of our workshop, consisting of a few videos, talks and discussions:

Are MOOCs financially viable? How can MOOCs be developed where projected audiences are relatively low? Would this be less of an issue if MOOCs could be developed at lower cost? The aim of LoCoMoTion, an Erasmus+ funded project, to investigate and disseminate low-cost MOOC development techniques. This workshop will start that process. The highly experienced team, from five higher education institutions across Europe, will present on various techniques, both before and during the workshop, to a local and distributed audience. They will facilitate discussion before, during and after the event through electronic and face-to-face methods. Topics addressed will include Content Development and Sourcing, Hosting Platforms, Pedagogical Approaches, Communication and Support, Institutional Systems and Services, Assessment and Accreditation. The workshop will discuss the resources and services (including a MOOC on Low-cost Development of MOOCs) that will be provided by the locomotion project to assist both individuals and institutions develop such open courses without excessive expenditure.

We hope to be able to gather a fair number of active participants, and especially to learn a lot from contributions of online and offline attendants and their comments.

This Symposium will take place on Wednesday 10 June,  from 16.30 to 18:00, and may be followed live online (we will provide further instructions).

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Second #moocs4all team meeting at Bath Spa University

Today we have hold the second #moocs4all team meeting at Bath Spa University. Recall that a few weeks ago we held the first, kickoff meeting at TU Delft. Jörn Loviscach from Bielefeld has travelled to Bath, but this time Matthias Uhl has not been with us. @miquelduran and @silviasimonr have travelled from Girona, and @JanineKiers has come from Delft. The coordinator, @brianmmulligan (IT Sligo), has provided catalysis, strenght and energy for the meeting. Indeed, @gconole (from the very Bath Spa Univ) has been a wonderful host for this meeting held in the Newton Park Campus.


Bath Spa University is located in an wonderful area between Bath and Bristol, with green landscape, monumental trees and ondulating meadows with sheep – along with a small fishing area. Weather has been undecided, rather cool for the standards of the Girona members who left home with ca. 30 degrees in an early summer.


During almost 8 hours (including coffee breaks, on-the-spot luch and a short walk along Bath Spa’s meadows), we have dealt with different parts of the #moocs4all project. In particular, we have talked in depth about the first MOOC we are organizing (a metaMOOC) on low-cost approach to organizing a MOOC – i.e., the first phase of this two-year project. We have paid special attention to content creation by the five teams, and to the way students will be recruited. This has led us to clarify the target audience of such a course.

Actually, working on a MOOC teaching how to organize a sustainable (in time, energy and money terms) course is not at all easy, because we are organizing it sustainably too, so we must practice now what we are going to preach later.


Besides dealing with particuclar aspects of this metaMOOC, we have talked about our forthcoming participation in the EDEN meeting (European distance-learing education network) which will be held in Barcelona during the third week of May. Some members of this team are attending this meeting and organizing a small 90 minute symposiu, where we are targeting four key issues about creating a low-cost MOOC:

  • Content development, sourcing and hosting of MOOCs
  • Pedagogical Approaches, Communication and Support of MOOCs
  • Institutional Services
  • Assessment and accreditation


Both the first (kickoff) meeting in TU Delft and this second meeting in Bath Spa have been very productive and intense, combing a well-defined schedule with suitable flexibility. All participants have gained experience to work as a team in such a short and intense session, and to use cloud services to keep working efficiently as a remotely bound team – despite belonging to five different universities spread all over Europe.


The next physical team meeting will likely be in Girona, during the first days of November. Further meetings are expected in Sligo and Bielefeld along 2016.

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Know the #moocs4all team!

(left to right) Miquel Duran, Silvia Simon, Jörn Loviscach, Janine Kiers, Grainne Conole, Brian Mulligan, Matthias Uhl

Miquel Duran, University of Girona, Spain

Miquel Duran is professor of physical chemistry at the University of Girona carrying out research on theoretical and computational chemistry. He is interested in the use of the Internet in Science Communication and teaching, thus promoting actively open knowledge and MOOCs, and organizing TEDxUdG event. As an active Science disseminator, his main project is “The Magic of Science. His preferred quote is his own “This is me and my digital circumstances”.

Silvia Simon, University of Girona, Spain

Sílvia Simon is an assistant professor at the University of Girona, Chemistry Department from 2003 and a researcher at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis at the same University. She is in charge of the Chair about Scientific Culture and Digital Communications (C4DUdG) . She has been in charge of a couple of MOOCs and at the present she is working in two more. One of the mail goal of designing MOOCs in C4DUdG is for digital communication of research as well as scientific dissemination.

Jörn Loviscach, Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany

Jörn, a professor of technical mathematics and computer engineering, who in his earlier years has worked both as a journalist as well as a graphics designer, does RandD on education, has authored a MOOC for Udacity in 2012, and supports a substantial number of students all across German-speaking Europe with his nearly 3000 videos on YouTube.

Janine Kiers, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Janine, Product Manager DelftX MOOCs, has international working experience in industry and academia, from biotechnology to capacity development. She has developed MOOCs and overseen production and delivery of the DelftX MOOCs on edx.org since 2013. She loves the innovative aspects of MOOCs and the potential they bring to the educational landscape.

Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland (Coordinator)

Brian is an engineer who has lectured in Sligo since 1984. Since 2000 he has been developing online distance learning courses and more recently working on low-cost development methods and MOOCs. Brian is the coordinator of this course.

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Kick off meeting of #moocs4all project in TU Delft


The kick off meeting of the Eramus+ project, LoCoMotion was held in Delft on Monday March 2nd. The project is creating a MOOC on designing MOOCs. The project is lead by Brian Mulligan from Sligo Institute of Technology. The other partners are from the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Spain. We had a wide ranging discussion around the vision of the project and the associated practicalities. One of the first things we need to decide is what platform to use. We are looking at a number but CANVAS.net looks like the front-runner at the moment. The MOOC will be 8 weeks long, with 5 hours of learner each week. We agreed on a number of pedagogical principals:

  • ·      Each week will consist of 3 hours of core activities and 2 hours of extension activities. The MOOC will be active and learner centred
  • ·      Peer discussion will be encouraged, as will SHARING of experience (we anticipate that many of the PARTICIPANTS will already have PARTICIPATED in MOOCs)
  • ·      There will be a short introductory video each week, outlining the focus for the week
  • ·      The use of social media will be encouraged through Facebook, twitter, etc.
  • ·      We will design the MOOC to have an explicit reflective perspective.

Each week will be structured as follows: video plus content, quizzes, discussion on the platform and use of social media.

At the moment the plan is to cover the follow:

  • ·      Orientation week, introducing PARTICIPANTS to the platform and how the MOOC will run
  • ·      Low-cost MOOC technology, including criteria for choosing a platform media hosting and creation of content
  • ·      Low-cost MOOC pedagogies and design, including tips on good practice in masssive live delivery and designing for multiple languages
  • ·      Institutional services, including support, skills and quality assurance
  • ·      Accreditation and mobility
  • ·      Review and the assignment
  • It should be an interesting project, aDelft was a lovely town!
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About us

moocs4all is the website of the Erasmus+ LoCoMoTion project whose obejective is to increase the supply of free online courses by collecting and spreading knowledge on low-cost techniques of developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Watch out for our own MOOC on “Low-Cost MOOC Production” coming soon. If you want to be kept informed on this contact us at moocs4all.eu@gmail.com

LoCoMoTion Project Partners

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland.
Technical University of Delft, Netherlands.
Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany.
University of Girona, Spain.
Bath Spa University, United Kingdom.

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moocs4all website started!

Thist is the moocs4all project website.

Please fell free to browse our blog and website!

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