MOOCs as a Catalyst for Institution-wide Improvement and Excellence

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DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo - October 31, 2014

Robert Kearns

Instructional Design Manager
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Nathan Poole

Instructional Designer
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Learning professionals have a number of difficult goals to achieve relative to the creation and management of online learning. We need to ensure consistent quality, visual identity, and education outcomes of effective learning objects that are reusable between programs and delivery methods. As many challenges as we face, sometimes the solution itself presents its own new set of issues. In the case of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, massive open online courses (MOOCs) were both a challenge and a solution.

In this session you will explore how the MOOC creation process served as a catalyst for the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to improve course quality and production standards and promote innovative teaching. You will discover how the process of creating and deploying MOOCs can help teams focus attention on keys issues. You will learn how this process led to institution-wide changes in the way the school conducts all of its eLearning activities. You will leave this session with an understanding of both the changes possible when attempting to build and implement MOOCs, as well as methods for structuring the MOOC-building experience to maximize opportunities for organizational growth and improvement.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How MOOCs can be a catalyst for improving eLearning across multiple online learning paradigms
  • How to improve production and use of eLearning components across platforms based on MOOC best practices
  • How to promote best practices that can be embraced by the institution, encouraging compliance
  • How to develop workflows to ensure consistent application of branding and copyright review in the production of eLearning

Audience:
Novice and intermediate managers and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
MOOCs (Coursera), self-paced module (Storyline), online courses (Blackboard), video production (green screen/Vimeo), presentation tools (PowerPoint/Keynote).

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