During the design stage, the Academic Innovation team will work with you to design your course for a global and/or residential audience. While the process of developing a course for residential students is typically one that you complete on your own as a faculty member, developing an online course requires a team. Academic Innovation will support you in designing and developing your course, including working with you on developing learning outcomes, mapping out activities, and designing a course experience for online learners. Then we will work together to produce the video and multimedia assets. To get started, you’ll share with us your current ideas by creating a high-level outline of the topics to cover, and any ideas you have about how to present them (see High-level Outline). We’ll work together to iterate on the course design, develop a detailed outline, and then begin the production phase.
Moving from a primarily face-to-face experience to an online one involves different approaches to monitor your students and assess their progress. While many of the assessments will be similar to what you’d use in a residential course, others are quite different. Our MOOC instructors use a variety of assessment types in their courses including simple quizzes, peer-reviewed assignments, and/or custom assessments. We will work with you during the design phase to choose assessment types that are appropriate based on the outcomes, online environment, and MOOC platform chosen. We’ll discuss the available platform options when you meet with the design team.
MOOCs can be delivered to students through a variety of websites — at U-M we currently have 3 MOOC platforms to choose from. During the design phase, we will work with you to help select the appropriate platform for your MOOC. Here are some of the questions that will guide the decision:
- Who are the students you are intending to reach?
- What types of assessments will you use?
- Do you expect to run the course as a session, or is your course more suited to an on-demand format?
- Will your students be expected to work in groups?
- Do you expect your students to be able to complete all of the work for the course on a mobile device?
- Do you expect many of your students to need foreign language support?