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A Lecture Series on the Prospects and Possibilities of Massive Open Online Courses
An innovative open online course on Educational Assessment was offered freely to up to 500 students by Indiana University in Fall 2013 via Google’s Course Builder platform. This presentation will show how this “BOOC” scaled up interactive features that had previously been refined in a conventional online course. Reflecting situative theories of cognition, learning was contextualized using “wikifolios,” a current text, open educational resources, networking groups, and peer comments, endorsements, & promotions. Learning was assessed via reflections and conventional exams. Success was motivated and acknowledged via open digital badges containing detailed evidence of participation and learning. The presentation will also (a) describe the experiences of the subset of students who completed the course for credit, (b) summarize participation, outcomes, & evaluations, and (c) describe how these features are being further streamlined for use in massive courses with thousands of students.
Daniel T. Hickey is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University and a Research Scientist in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology. He completed his Ph.D in Psychology at Vanderbilt University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Performance Assessment at Educational Testing Service. He uses design-based research methods to study situative approaches to assessment, motivation, and accountability in technology-based learning environments. He is currently leading the Digital Badges Design Principles Documentation project with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, and the Big Open Online Course project with the support of Google.