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Entering the homestretch…

home-stretchThe TechniCity MOOC is coming to the end of the third of four weeks.  We currently have over 21,000 students registered for the course and over 10,000 of them were active in the past week.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Jennifer Evans-Cowley and I are very impressed by the level of engagement by students in the class.  There have been many, many great ideas, comments, and suggestions.  A particular suggestion that came from a few students was in regard to the length of the course (four weeks).  The course schedule corresponds with the Ohio State University Maymester, which we thought would be a perfect time for the initial offering of TechniCity, but some students have mentioned that this isn’t enough time to digest lecture and reading materials, as well as complete assignments and discussion activities.  This is a good point given that many of the students enrolled in the class are already full-time students or full-time professionals.  I think there are advantages to both longer and shorter length MOOCs.  Is the intensive course model appropriate for MOOCs?  Perhaps particular topics or modules?  The advantage of the shorter duration MOOCs is that they allow students to sample topics that may be new to them and not require a longer term time commitment.  They may also work well for workshops and in-service training, tailored to specific needs.

As we know, the MOOC model is still unfolding, and so will TechniCity.  Stay tuned…