Five Principles for MOOC Design: With a Case Study

John R. Drake, Margaret T. O'Hara, Elaine Seeman
Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice  •  Volume 14  •  2015  •  pp. 125-143
New web technologies have enabled online education to take on a massive scale, prompting many universities to create massively open online courses (MOOCs) that take advantage of these technologies in a seemingly effortless manner. Designing a MOOC, however, is anything but trivial. It involves developing content, learning activities, and assessments to accommodate both the massiveness and openness of the course. To design an effective MOOC, instructors need to integrate both pedagogical and information systems theory. In this paper, we present a case study of a MOOC grant and a series of decisions made in its development. These decisions, when paired with the theoretical framework, suggest five principles – meaningful, engaging, measurable, accessible, and scalable – may be applicable to future MOOC development projects.
Online education, theory development, instructional design, MOOC, case study
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