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March 16 – 18, 2016 Orlando, FL

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LS106 iMOOCs: An Interactive Approach to Large-scale Collaborative Learning

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



Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have received a fair amount of publicity, but mixed reviews overall. Participants appreciate the collaborative nature of MOOCs, and their accessibility—but much of the learning is passive in style, which tends to be fairly ineffective, transfers poorly to on-the-job skill application, and doesn’t maintain participants’ interest. Today’s typical MOOC format is therefore not particularly well-suited for most corporate training needs. Companies are, nonetheless, interested in capturing the positive qualities of MOOCs.

In this session, you will see samples from iMOOCs with courses that include some standard MOOC components but incorporate engaging interactions throughout the course. You will learn about activities in which participants must decide the best approach to a situation and about complex video scenes that participants must evaluate and discuss. This session includes demonstrations of actual course components, so you will gain a deep understanding of the techniques and how you can apply them to your own needs.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to design interactive exercises that promote skill transfer to the job
  • How video of real-life situations can be used in conjunction with lecture video and online discussions
  • How online learning-by-doing approaches can engage participants and result in skill transfer
  • Ways to bring together some of the best elements of instructor-led and self-paced courses together into a single learner experience

Novice to advanced designers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Major browsers in Windows and Mac, tablets and phones using iOS and Android, .mp4, and HTML5 code.

JC Kinnamon

Director, R&D

Practising Law Institute

JC Kinnamon, the director of research and development at Practising Law Institute (PLI), has guided hundreds of eLearning titles and online courses; many have been recognized with awards such as the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), Brandon Hall, Telly, Aegis and the Web Marketing Association. JC is responsible for all R&D activity at PLI, including leading the improvement of live and online educational offerings. JC serves as executive producer for innovative R&D projects, including MOOCs, a long-form 10-week course, eLearning titles, simulations, and serious games. JC holds a PhD in educational psychology and a master of arts degree in computing science from Columbia University.

David Guralnick


Kaleidoscope Learning

David Guralnick, the president of Kaleidoscope Learning, has designed hundreds of eLearning scenarios, courses, simulations, performance- support systems, and authoring tools over the past 25 years. He is the president of the International E-Learning Association, the founder of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Advanced Corporate Learning, the chair of the International E-Learning Awards, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. David’s work has been featured in Wired magazine, Training magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the recipient of numerous eLearning design awards. David holds a PhD from Northwestern University, where his work synthesized work from the fields of computer science, instructional design, and cognitive psychology.

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