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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:30 - 15:35
Discussion based MOOC: a new challenge

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Session Table Name: BARI

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This World Cafè will involve OE Global attendees in a common reflection about a specific MOOC format that has been proposed in the field of eLene4Life http://elene4life.eu/. eLene4Life is an Erasmus+ KA2 project (2018-2021) supporting curriculum innovation in higher education through the development of active learning approaches for soft skills, with the ultimate aim of improving students’ employability.
The activity's goal is to come up with an appropriate definition suitable for a "discussion- based MOOC" for teachers. It is a new MOOC format focused on stimulating and supporting users' reflection through experiences shared by peers.
One of the criticisms carried out by some authors in the MOOCs' field concerns the lack of human Interaction. This is the reason why the "discussion-based MOOC" vision is shaped on trying to put people back at the center of the process. In fact, the eLene4Life MOOC will be designed collecting experiences which show how active learning can support soft skills development. These experiences will stimulate participants' reflection and inspire discussion among peers. In this MOOC you will not be “just” a learner but the maker of your learning experience.  
The main questions we'd like to work on are: how can we frame a new MOOC format able to valorize peers' experiences? How can we make them become catalysts that will spark reflection and discussion?

We’d like to work with OEG conference attendees through a three steps brainstorming activity: 
  1. First step: working on a common definition of what attendees at the table mean by discussion-based MOOC, leaving from the following definition: a MOOC where the contents come from storytelling of direct peer experiences.
  2. Second step:starting from the agreed definition, created by the previous group,  going deeper in defining what users should expect to find in this kind of MOOCs in terms of activities, contents, interaction among participants and with teachers.
  3. Third step: reflecting on risks connected to what emerged during the previous  “exploration” phase. Attendees will pretend to be the instructional designer responsible for the MOOC development: which risks will you come across? How can you overcome them?
At the end of the activity the attendee are going to be invited to join an Active Learning online community dedicated to support the soft skills development. Joining this online community will give them the possibility to follow the MOOC development and the project itself.
The idea is to experience both in general and in this world café, the same process and methodology that will be used to spark reflections in the "discussion-based" MOOC itself.
Licence:  CC BY 4.0 

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Valeria Baudo

Community Manager & MOOC user support, POLIMI
I graduated in Library and Information Science at University of Parma. After a Phd on Community Management I definitely fell in love with communities. Now I am working at METID-Learning Innovation Center of Politecnico di Milano as community manager. My interests deal with learning... Read More →
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Alessandra Tomasini

Project manager and instructional designer, POLIMI
I'm interested in experimenting new teaching and learning strategies both online and in class, with a particular focus on soft skills improvement.

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:30 - 15:35 CET
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe