- Videos as content are still a powerful medium
This is something we have known for a long time, ever since the ‘talking heads’ of the first VLEs. However, MOOCs have led to a re-evaluation of the perceived value of the non-interactive video in online learning content, which had frequently in the past received criticism as being non appropriate when used in online learning. In the context of the MOOCs there have been some good and engaging examples of combining “talking heads” with visual material (not necessarily focusing on narrated PowerPoints). The most successful seem to be short, thematic videos that can be searched/navigated/accessed easily by the learner.
- Social media can support independent learners
Connectivity in MOOCs is usually provided through conventional computer mediated communication media such as discussion fora and through social networking or other forms of social media. These seem to work well provided they are fully embedded in the course environment and there is some form of moderation. What makes them work, despite the lack of full moderation, might be the ‘massive’ numbers of students in MOOCs, but also the expectation in this context that you will get some help from your peer if not always from your tutor. Continue reading