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Join us for the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, April 22-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
CFP will open October 1, 2014

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Reclaim Learning: A Domain of One's Own
Keynoter Jim Groom, University of Mary Washington, shares innovations that support the ethos of open environments for online teaching and learning. 

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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

The Human Factor in MOOCing: Add Dynamic Human Elements to Create a Successful MOOC Experience

Monica Surrency (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, USA)
Helen Anderson (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, USA)
Shannon J. Field (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), USA)
Session Information
April 9, 2014 - 1:30pm
Open Education
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Lone Star C4
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 1
Virtual Session
Best in Track

Solving the MOOC equation: Plan + Design + Develop + Implement + Facilitate + Support. Multiply that with the Human Element = Successful MOOCing.

Extended Abstract

In addition to pedagogy, learning theory, instructional design, and online discourse technologies, what are the human factors that promote a dynamic and successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

Join the design team responsible for launching Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide's (ERAU) first MOOC, The Human Factor in Aviation, in a highly interactive session where you are invited to assume the role of an instructional designer, developing an outline to plan your own MOOC. Incorporating connectivist learning theory, this session is based on the principle that all learning starts with a connection. You will collaborate with presenters and fellow participants to create a takeaway plan that incorporates the best practices, collective ideas, and expertise generated in the session to map out strategies for your MOOC. MOOC subtopics will include emerging technologies, open learning, open resources, learning theories, autonomy, connectedness, personal learning communities, social networking tools, learning management systems, student interaction, data collection and reporting, return on investment, and much more.

Take the opportunity to ask the ERAU's design team about their journey through inception, course development, and facilitation. Benefit from the valuable lessons learned in creating a robust learning community, organizing contributions and interaction from multiple subject matter experts, partnering with third party vendors, and managing the badging processes. Learn how the Human Factors MOOC focuses on design that incorporates Human Factors concepts including the "fit" between users, technology, and environments. Explore how students can customize their MOOC experience to satisfy personal learning goals. Interaction among participants will include social learning tools such as Twitter, Storify, and Blackboard Spaces which were utilized in The Human Factor in Aviation MOOC.  Join the conversation on Twitter by using #HFAMOOC

Outcomes will include:

  • Discuss the development process of a successful MOOC
  • Collaborate with workshop participants to identify effective MOOC learning strategies
  • Assess social learning tools that enhance MOOC communication
  • Develop an outline to plan your own MOOC
  • Evaluate productive practices for collaboration with third party support and vendors
  • Appraise lessons learned from the ERAU MOOC design team
  • Examine different perspectives related to the return on investment (ROI) for administration, upper level training, and instructional design
Lead Presenter

Monica Surrency is an Instructional Designer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide where she develops online courses. Currently, she is working on a Master's degree through Florida State University in Instructional Systems with a focus in Open and Distance Learning. She has presented presentations and poster sessions at BbWorld four times, and received a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in 2013. As Lead Instructional Designer on the MOOC team, she was the Content Director, Social Learning manager, and assisted with facilitating the first MOOC Embry-Riddle Worldwide created, The Human Factor in Aviation.
Monica has two AS Degrees in Multimedia and Web Design. Several years ago she worked on a Title III Grant where she helped train faculty how to infuse technology into the classroom and provided workshops on different multimedia software that instructors could use to enhance teaching. She was also an adjunct instructor for Web Design and Multimedia courses. Her previous experience also includes providing Blackboard technical support to the online faculty for ERAU Worldwide instructors.


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