Designing and Delivering a Quality MOOC

Karen Vignare (Michigan State University, US)
Shari Smith (University of Illinois at Springfield, US)
Session Information
July 25, 2012 - 8:30am
Digital Learning Environments and Communities
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy); Effective Practice; Emerging Technology (tools or processes)
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Marco Polo 806-807
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 1
Virtual Session

This workshop will cover the design, development, delivery, and facilitation of a MOOC.

Extended Abstract

This workshop will cover the design, development, delivery, and facilitation of a MOOC. Presenters will cover topics ranging from tools and technologies to use as well as management of the course delivery, interactions and assessments. Participants will be given the opportunity to conceptualize, and structure a plan a to develop and deliver a MOOC at their institution.

Questions addressed:

How do we go about developing content, learning activities and assessments for a MOOC?
What do we need to change in order to accommodate the openness and connectedness of the MOOC environment?
What is the optimal minimum/maximum number of participants that we should allow?

Lead Presenter
Karen Vignare Karen Vignare currently serves as a Director at MSUglobal at Michigan State University. In that role, Karen is responsible for creating online entrepreneurial businesses for extending both non-credit and credit programs at MSU.  MSUglobal is responsible for helping departments at MSU integrate emerging technologies. She oversees business planning, technology planning, open educational resources, instructional design and customer service. She publishes regularly on various topics in online learning. She has an M.B.A from the University of Rochester’s William Simon School of Business and Ed. S. from Nova Southeastern University and is a doctoral candidate.
Shari Smith Shari McCurdy Smith is Associate Director of The Center for Online Learning Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) where she has developed and taught online graduate and undergraduate courses in educational technology and communication since 2000. She has supported faculty in the development of online course delivery since 1999 and technology integration since 1995. She has a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois Springfield and background in web design, technology consulting, successful grant writing and development, and state-wide program development. Research interests include online faculty development, online instructional workload, leadership, marketing of online programs on a local and national level, learning outcomes using Web 2.0 Tools, and inter-institutional collaborations.

An online workshop and faculty development facilitator for the Sloan Consortium, she is also the Director of the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC) a collaboration of eleven institutions who are committed to developing vigorous online and blended learning initiatives to expand the student base and stabilize enrollments.