Building for massive scalability: the production case of an astronomy MOOC
Tuesday, October 22 4:40 PM-5:00 PM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 2
Abstract: This paper describes an online production case developing a massive open online course (MOOC) with a scalable activity structure. An astronomy course, designed for delivery over four weeks, was developed and delivered in the open learning platform know as Open2Study. High quality video tutorials interspersed with multiple choice questions and activities in a custom developed astronomy simulator form the basis of the course content and interactions. The goal of the MOOC was to engage leaners in astronomy activities, develop scalable learning objects and to promote a university research area. During development of the course materials, numerous challenges were resolved and lessons learned relating to scalable MOOC construction. In theory, the development of video and online interactive simulations are relatively straightforward media processes. In practice, production schedules and simulation nuances, while engaging with external development teams, took considerable dedication.