User Interaction: What Learning at iversity Looks Like (III)

13. October 2013 by iversity

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.

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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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3 thoughts on “User Interaction: What Learning at iversity Looks Like (III)

  1. Pavel Koneski

    I am genuinely thrilled to see this initiative to take off, as MOOC has the potential to revolutionize how humanity learns and shares knowledge. This is like the invention of Gutenberg, which enabled wide access to knowledge resources, now MOOC is taking a next step on this path. I am yet to take my first course at Iversity, but the style of learning described here resembles the one offered by Coursera. I took a couple of those courses and they indeed feel very close to the actual university course experience, assuming one is fully engaged in assignments, tests and user forums. But it can be better. The technology used by Iversity allows for ways of teaching unavailable to the classical university teaching style. For instance, why have a start/end date, and not allow a course to be started at any time through the whole year (after the initial release)? Why release the new material every week and not let the students take their own pace. Some will go faster, some slower, and sometimes, on some weeks a student may have more time to study, and sometime less. Assuming there will be a massive enrolment (after all, it is a MOOC university), there will always be enough students studying a given chapter to allow for peer review and forum activity for that chapter. And of course, there is always computerized grading option. I understand that this is a start-up phase now, and copying proven successful models is a good way to begin with, I just hope that with time Iversity will fully embrace new possibilities of teaching that Internet technologies enable.

  2. iversity

    Hi Pavel,
    thanks a lot for your comment. At the moment, our idea is to launch a first set of courses with set start and ending dates. With this, we want communities to form around every course. It is well possible that we will offer our MOOCs again at a later point or enable flexible dates. But this isn’t decided yet and also depends on the professors who supervise the courses.
    As you certainly know, the entire field of open online courses is evolving rapidly. We are moving on and have our platform keep up with the pace of these developments. That means: We embrace and test all new pedagogic and technological approaches concerning MOOCs and will implement them if they prove to be fruitful.
    We hope you enjoy your MOOCs on our platform.
    Best regards,
    Your iversity team

  3. Theophilus O.Davies

    Dear sir/Madam,this is absolutely revolutionalizing the way knowledge is disseminated and acquired.This method of interaction with other students and the course tutors will make learning more diversified exciting.I am eagerly looking forward to the start date of my course.The excitement is already reaching breaking point.Iversity is changing the way we acquire knowledge in the 21st century.

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