iversity designs courses so that they offer interactive elements, keeping you in touch with other users and the professors. After reading the previous two articles of our series, Breaking Down the 90-minute Lecture and Customising Learning, maybe you found yourself thinking, “Ok, you had me at free, accessible and adaptive online education, but interacting with professors and other students is crucial for learning.” We could not agree more.
Discussion Forum: Don’t hate, rate!
Linked to either the overall chapter platform or to the individual unit, users and professors can communicate via a discussion forum. Here you can post a question or answer questions already posted. Users can then rate the answers, causing the best ones to “bubble up” to the top of the list. Besides being made aware of the hot issues inspiring the course, the professor can mark an answer as correct, pushing it to the top of the list. This isn’t about trolling, this is about taking the course material even further by sharing knowledge with each other.
Peer-to-peer assessments: Two heads are better than one
There are three types of assessments offered in our MOOCs: quizzes, homework assignments and exams. Quizzes are an element of a unit, simply there to keep you on top of the course material. A course unit can also present you with a homework assignment instead of a lecture video. An exam is a chapter of its own, normally given at the end of the course. Homework assignments and exams can follow three types of assessment forms: multiple choice, open answer or peer-to-peer. Peer-to-peer assessment is another feature that facilitates course user interaction. This means that you will be given coursework from other users to assess, while others assess yours. So, not only are you are able to receive feedback from the professor, but from your fellow students as well.
Extra resources: Sharing is caring
Finally, you also have the chance to interact via extra course material: you, other users and the professor can share papers, articles, videos and other helpful materials as the course moves along. In the end, every MOOC develops a unique collection of knowledge as shared information is expanded upon by you and the other users while the course advances.
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