104 Twelve Months of MOOCs: The Scars, Medals, and War Stories

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, November 16

Emerging Tech


Massive open online courses (MOOCs) continue to be both big news and big business, but one aspect that is less often discussed is the behind-the-scenes perspective. Building a greater understanding of the design considerations, facilitation techniques, and data interpretation from MOOCs can give you valuable inspiration for designing and facilitating any people development activities—regardless of whether or not you’re building MOOCs.

This session will lift the lid on what happens before, during, and after a MOOC. You will take a backstage look at several live MOOCs, which will give you a clearer view into the choices MOOC designers make, as well as how to successfully facilitate a MOOC once it has started. You’ll also see how you can use xAPI data to influence future design and facilitation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How quickly a MOOC can be created using curated content
  • How the placement of social features can significantly influence conversation
  • About the effects of facilitation vs. non-facilitation
  • The value of adopting a nudging approach to your facilitation
  • How to apply subtle gamification techniques to increase engagement

Novice to intermediate designers, project managers, and managers who are already aware of what a massive open online course (MOOC) is.

Technology discussed in this session:
Curatr, blogs, video, social media, the xAPI, email, and Learning Locker.

Craig Taylor

Customer Success Manager

HT2 Labs

Craig Taylor, a customer success manager for HT2 Labs, has been involved in the training/L&D field since 1993, when he cut his teeth in the training-delivery world while serving in the British Army. His subsequent learning and development roles have been in the rail, nuclear, healthcare, and financial sectors, where he has worked to help organizations understand the value that current and emerging technologies can bring.

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