Making MOOCs

What does it take to make a MOOC? Explore the Grow-your-own MOOC kit here

Grow-your-own MOOC kit

Developmental intentions / curriculum

Key questions:  Who will inform and influence the approach? How will you scope and define your coverage?  

The open course space can be used to explore ideas you might have for creative and emerging pedagogical approaches to online learning that might be difficult to experiment with in your formal teaching  or professional area (e.g. participant-led facilitation, cross-discipline subject explorations, role-play, game-based approach, authentic).  Some of the lessons learnt in the open space can then be absorbed back into your formal online and offline teaching.

Some MOOCs are self-directed, others are about building an online community.  They can also interact and influence offline communities and individuals. 


Curriculum is defined and clear learning objectives and criteria for success

Fits with formal education approach, can work for a MOOC but consider the extreme diversity of your audience (global, various backgrounds, beginners & experts) to ensure some flexibility.


Interest area is broadly conceived

Have a set of broad objectives, encourage participants to self-set goals. Good for introductory levels to subjects.


Participants identify area of interest

Before writing objectives of course, use survey instruments to collect feedback about what potential participants want to achieve/learn.