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Making more uses of MOOCs

Making more uses of MOOCs

Andrew Deacon, Sukaina Walji, Janet Small and Tasneem Jaffer

25 July – 29 July 2016


Recordings from Tuesday and Friday’s sessions are still available under resources (desktop version) and YouTube versions further down. Slides are available here.

In 2014 the University of Cape Town was one of the first African universities to offer MOOCs on major international platforms. Through examples we will present a framework of use cases for how MOOCs are being used to enhance mainstream academic activities through drawing on MOOC design, materials and pedagogy. MOOCs have the potential for being more than stand-alone public facing courses. Through the examples, we will illustrate how MOOCs are acting as enablers and influences on academics’ teaching and learning practices both when academics use MOOCs they have created in their own mainstream or when they re-use what is available from other institutions.

The format of week long seminar will comprise two live presentations (Tuesday 26 July 1 pm SAST & Friday 29 July 11 am SAST) and online asynchronous discussions in between. The first presentation will cover MOOC use cases in our context and we will ask participants to give feedback and share ideas of how MOOCs are being or could be used in your own context. We will introduce and discuss pedagogical strategies such as flipping, wrapping, blending and reusing MOOCs or materials from MOOCs. The second presentation will respond to forum discussions and examples provided by participants to collaboratively develop a framework for MOOC uses and re-use.


Recording of live session I Tuesday 26 July What are MOOCs and how can they be used in Teaching and Learning?


Recording of live session II Friday 29 July Further discussions and MOOC use frame work

First Live meeting note

Sketch notes for the Implementation team’s 2014 MOOC workshop created by Jolanda Morkel (click for larger version) CC BY 4.0


Andrew Deacon works in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the CILT MOOC Task Team. He works in curriculum and course design projects with an interest in learning analytics, assessment and online course design.
Sukaina Walji is based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). She is a member of the MOOC Task Team with a remit to research and develop strategies for institutional engagement with MOOCs. Her other projects include Research Communication strategy for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development in the Global South (ROER4D) and Online Learning Design. She has an Honours degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Online and Distance Education from the Open University (UK).
Janet Small is a course developer based at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. She is a member of the CILT MOOC Task Team. Janet is involved in curriculum and course design for blended and online courses in higher education – in a range of contexts from formal credit-bearing to less formal co-curricular and professional development. She has a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the University of Cape Town.
Tasneem Jaffer is a Digital Learning Material Designer for the MOOCs team. She most recently worked in the field of user experience (UX), where she used her analytical and research skills to recommend best practices and ways in which to improve the usability of government websites. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in educational technology where her research topic focuses on students’ perceptions of wrapped MOOCs at the University of cape Town. Tasneem is a part of the UCT MOOC Implementation Team

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