This past Sunday ended the Virtual School massive online open course (MOOC) entitled Introduction to K-12 Online Learning Research, which was run over the previous four weeks. The MOOC itself was designed to provide a broad overview of the field of K-12 online learning, specifically what is currently known based on the research that has been conducted in the field. The topics that we covered during the next four weeks included:
- Classifying K-12 Online Learning
- History of K-12 Online Learning
- Overview of Research into K-12 Online Learning
- Design of K-12 Online Learning
- Teaching of K-12 Online Learning
- Facilitation of K-12 Online Learning
- K-12 Online Learning from an International Perspective
- Concluding the K-12 Online Learning Research MOOC
We spent about a half a week on each topic, but as the MOOC was designed to be primarily asynchronous many folks went at their own pace – some completing more than others.
During the MOOC, I tried to post an introductory teaser blog entry to each topic, then my own response to the blogging activity for that topic, and finally an entry that would qualify me for the “Virtual School Apprentice” badge (see list of badges here). I had also intended to post sample entries related to some of the other badges that are listed (e.g., Virtual School Designer or Virtual School Evangelist badges).
There was one week where I was traveling and I missed a series of entries, as well the final week was a busy one for me and I missed some entries then as well. Finally, I didn’t get to those extra badges. In all, I suspect there are about a dozen entries that I wanted to post that I missed. I guess the nice thing about an asynchronous event is that I can go back now and backdate some of those entries (and the ones for the additional badges I can post them in real time as I come up with them) – so keep checking the vsmooc12 tag on this blog for what will be the complete set of entries by the end of this month.
Also, as I begin to collect the data from this MOOC – which will also occur over the coming month – I’ll begin to post some of that information as well. One of the reasons I undertook this four week MOOC was to determine if there was interest in a larger one next summer (and to give me a sense of what it might be like). As I begin to analyze the data over the next few months I guess I’ll figure out whether a second one is worth it (or maybe a series of future mini-ones).