An interactive MOOC in a virtual world
Abstract: As more academic institutions are developing MOOC courses, there is a need to make the courses more interactive and to reflect and incorporate 21st century learning skills. This round table presentation summarizes the dilemmas and deliberations in building a unique MOOC course offering a different model that emphasizes teaching and learning adapted to the 21st century, and is transmitted in a virtual environment. Seven teacher colleges joined together to develop a MOOC course in multiculturalism. The teaching staff comprise of technological and pedagogical experts as well as lecturers in the field of multiculturalism. The course was developed and adapted in three languages – Hebrew, Arabic and English. The new model integrates cutting-edge pedagogy and technology and is based upon collaborative experiential learning. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first MOOC course in the world designed for a virtual setting that establishes collaboration, simulations and role-play in a MOOC context.
Presider: Allan Zadorozny, Westdale School - Pembina Trails School Division