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Designing a MOOC for Canvas Network

Maria H. Andersen (Instructure, USA)
Session Information
April 9, 2013 - 8:30am
Open and Accessible Learning
Institutional Level: 
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Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Celebrity 1
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)
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Session 1: Teach a MOOC ... what are you, crazy? (8:30am-10am)
Description: If you’ve ever actually taught an online course, the thought of teaching a MOOC sounds like an absolutely crazy idea. It’s hard to get past the idea that you might be multiplying all your “online student” headaches by a factor of 100 or 1000. Well, those were my first thoughts about it too. However, what I learned was that teaching a MOOC has been the purest and most fun form of teaching and learning that I’ve ever done. Teaching a MOOC is a complete paradigm shift from traditional education in terms of the design, the assessment requirements, and the diversity of students. As the manager of courses for Canvas Network, we’ve learned a lot about how to design a good online course for students who struggle with English, span all the time zones in the world, and have very different learning goals. In this talk I will share my own teaching experiences and surprises and give you an in-depth tour of the Social Media course on Canvas Network (the course that I teach). This course is publicly available, so you can play along and explore as I talk about the learning design decisions made in this course.

Session 2: Designing a Canvas Network Course (10:30am-12noon)
Description: In the second half of this workshop, we'll talk about redesigning traditional course content for open courses, which generally have high enrollments and may include students from all over the world. This requires a paradigm shift for many of the activities traditionally used in online teaching. Participants should come with a particular course in mind that they would like to redesign for the MOOC environment. Participants will learn how to manage a large number of students using Canvas features like Groups, Discussions, Collaborations and Peer Review. Prior to the session, participants should create a free Canvas sandbox to play in during the workshop.

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Maria Andersen
Maria H. Andersen, Ph.D., is the Director of Learning and Research for Instructure, where she is responsible for managing the course design process for Canvas Network, a MOOC platform built on the Canvas LMS. She is currently teaching a MOOC on Social Media through Canvas Network. Prior to this position, Maria served as faculty at a community college for a decade, teaching traditional and online courses and doing everything possible to make learning more fun. You can find Maria sharing what she's learning at or @busynessgirl on Twitter.