The MOOCs

1. What is a MOOC?

MOOC is an acronym that stands for Massive Online Open Courses, translated into French as Cours en Ligne Ouverts et Massifs, CLOM, or more elegantly as Formations Libres Ouvertes à Tous, FLOT.

Many articles are published about these MOOCs that have recently appeared in the higher education landscape and are now supported by the Ministry as part of its FUN project, France Université Numérique, but what is a MOOC?

  • Courses: this is a course with pedagogical objectives, not just online resources
  • Online: the course is only followed at a distance
  • Open: accessible to all audiences
  • Large: large number of participants, unlimited number of participants

2. You want to create a MOOC

You must first contact, before the start of your project, the MOOC FUN correspondent for the University of Aix-Marseille, who is Mrs Valérie Campillo. In the documents below, you will find the steps to follow to submit a MOOC project to the FUN team, as well as the checklist for preparing the presentation file for your MOOC project.

3. the MOOC AMU on FUN

They can be consulted on the FUN website

  • Improved rehabilitation after surgery
    • Improving the surgical management of our patients, accelerating the resumption of autonomous activity, limiting complications related to surgery, and thus reducing the length of hospital stays are the benefits of Improved Rehabilitation After Surgery (RAAC). RAAC aims to accelerate the patient's recovery process after surgery by "minimally invasive" means (conventional laparoscopy or assisted robot) whenever possible or by open means (laparotomy). These programs make it possible to optimize perioperative care by standardizing coordinated care pathways, from surgical consultation to return home.
    • Project leaders: Jean Louis Blache - Eric Lambaudie
  • Cellular and molecular neurophysiology, how neurons communicate
    • Basic principles of neurophysiology: ionic gradients, membrane potential, ionic currents, voltage sensitive channels, receptor-channels opened by neurotransmitters.
    • Project leader: Constance Hammond, Project Manager: Isabelle Virard
  • Malaria
    • The aim of this MOOC is to present the disease, both in tropical areas and in returning travellers, through the history of the patients, the means of diagnosis and treatment, the means of control and the developments of research. This MOOC presented by world-renowned French-speaking experts is intended for a post-baccalaureate audience.
    • Project leaders: Philippe Parola / Eric Chabriere
  • The language between nature and culture
    • The general objective of this MOOC is to introduce some key elements of what we know today about human language, conceived both as a natural phenomenon, because it is linked to our biological history, and as a cultural phenomenon, because it is linked to the development and transmission of culture in our societies
    • Project leader: Marie Montant
    • A version is available on AMeTICE.
  • Astrophysics - From the Solar System to the Big Bang
    • The objective of this MOOC is to provide people with a scientific background with information to understand the universe in which we live. This "generalist" MOOC will cover the main essential themes of modern astrophysics: the solar system and planets outside the solar system, the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies containing hundreds of billions of stars and planets, and cosmology in an attempt to understand the formation and evolution of the universe.
    • Project leader: Denis Burgarella

Some of these projects have been supported by A*MIDEX.

4. the steps to follow to design a MOOC

Think about the preliminary project

  • Define the pedagogical objectives of the MOOC
  • Identify the target audience
  • Carry out the scripting of the course
  • Study the feasibility

Recruit the project team:

  • Identify the people to be mobilized (project management, pedagogical, technical, community management, communication)
  • Define the modes of collaboration within the project team

Designing the MOOC:

  • Organize the team's work
  • Design the materials while ensuring that they are in harmony (make the videos, design the activities and exams, etc.)
  • Choose the environment to shoot the videos
  • Choose the interaction spaces and their operating methods (forum, social networks, chat room, etc.)
  • Put the content online on the platform (post videos, set up activities, etc.)

To know: According to some estimates, the recording of one hour of lectures may require half a dozen hours of work for the teacher and more than 30 hours of editing.

Perform a beta test:

  • Conduct a beta test by associating people with various profiles in order to check the overall consistency, the quality of the course, the quality of the support resources and the clarity of the instructions.

Promote MOOC:

  • Develop a media plan
  • Disseminate information over the widest possible network
  • Launch the promotion as soon as possible to ensure a sufficient audience (about 3 months before the start of the course)

Manage the MOOC:

  • Leading the community
  • Moderate interaction spaces
  • Communicate regularly with participants
  • Establish rules for interaction with the teacher
  • Identify useful indicators and monitor them on a regular basis (number of participants watching the videos, number of active participants on social networks, etc.)

Analyze and draw up a report:

  • Make an assessment
  • Enhance your MOOC and provide feedback.
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