- What is a MOOC?
- When is this MOOC being offered?
- Is there a syllabus for this course?
- What is Deeper Learning?
- What is “DLMOOC: A open online learning experience for educators about deeper learning” all about?
- Who is the intended audience for this course?
- What are the elements of this MOOC?
- Will I get some kind of formal credit for completing this course?
- Who is behind this MOOC?
- How big will this course be?
- What is Deeper Learning 2014?
- What is the connection between this Deeper Learning MOOC and DL2014?
- I signed up, but did not receive a confirmation email. What now?
- Who can I contact if I have questions about this?
MOOC is short for “massive open online course.” While MOOCs have recently received a great deal of attention, the idea has been around for some time. The original MOOCs, now dubbed cMOOCs (connectivist), were all about being open, transparent, connected, and collaborative. More recently, a new breed of xMOOCs have gained popularity. These MOOCs are focused on serving very large numbers, hundreds of thousands, of users. As such, they often have less facilitation and peer collaboration, and some have been criticized for their lack of openness.
DLMOOC aspires to serve thousands of participants and yet to still be collaborative and connectivist. To do that, we will rely on the community that we build, and we hope you will be a part of that.
This course will begin the week of January 20, 2014 and will continue through the week of March 27, 2014.
Yes, you can see the syllabus here.
According to the Hewlett Foundation, deeper learning is an umbrella term for the skills and knowledge that students must possess to succeed in 21st century jobs and civic life. At the heart of deeper learning is a set of competencies students must master in order to develop a keen understanding of academic content, while applying their knowledge to problems in the classroom and on the job. The deeper learning framework includes six competencies that are essential to prepare students to achieve at high levels:
- Master core academic content
- Think critically and solve complex problems
- Work collaboratively
- Communicate effectively
- Learn how to learn
- Develop academic mindsets
Our intention is to offer just a taste of some of the practices that help lead to deeper learning. Additionally, we will attempt to actively model practices that lead to deeper learning rather than simply discussing.
The MOOC is aimed at teachers, school leaders, and other educators interested in encouraging more deeper learning in their schools and classrooms. Although the course is aimed at school practitioners, others may benefit from the course as well, and we anticipate participation from people working on policy and in foundations involved with deeper learning pedagogy. We welcome students and parents to this MOOC as well.
While we want to be flexible and able to make changes on the fly, we have plans for the following:
- We will host a live online panel discussion each week on Monday at 4:00 pm PST (00:00 GMT).
- We will host an interactive discussion each Thursday at 4:00 pm PST. The interactive discussion will make use of protocols for looking at student work and discussing educator dilemmas.
- Additionally, we will be suggesting readings and videos relevant to each week’s topic.
- Finally, there will be a number of suggested activities that involve doing something and discussing what you did with other participants in the MOOC.
No, but we hope that you will learn a lot by participating in this experience. We will also have a badge that you can apply for upon completion of the course.
The Deeper Learning MOOC is a collaboration between High Tech High Graduate School of Education, MIT Media Lab, Peer 2 Peer University, and the Deeper Learning Community of Practice. This project is generously being supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Raikes Foundation. More information about our team is also available here.
We do not know, but we are confident it can be really influential and innovative in education. As we are building on previous work done by P2PU and MIT Media Lab, we know that we have the infrastructure in place to manage large numbers of participants. One of the questions we are trying in to answer with this MOOC is “How is it possible to facilitate deeper learning experiences for a large number of participants in a primarily online format?”
Last spring, Deeper Learning 2013 (DL2013) was hosted at High Tech High in San Diego, CA. About 350 educators gathered together for a couple of days to share strategies, to make new connections, and to develop new ideas. When it was over, we knew we had to do this again! DL2014 will be held March 26-28, 2014 in San Diego. You can learn more here.
This experiment is about developing the intersection between an online experience and a face-to- face experience. The Deeper Learning MOOC culminates with the face-to-face DL2014. We will be taking advantage of the gathering of many terrific educators at DL2014 to broadcast elements of DL2014 to DL MOOC participants. We will be encouraging participants in DL2014 to participate in the MOOC as well.
If you don’t find answers here, you can contact us at dlmooc AT deeper-learning DOT org.