The purpose of me building my own MOOC infrastructure is too explore some of the areas of teaching and learning that I feel are missing from the mainstream MOOC platforms and efforts. I think that these platforms will eventually address the issues near and dear to my heart but not quickly enough for me.
Don't get me wrong. I love Coursera and love teaching on Coursera and love seeing how others teach and learn with Coursera. I really enjoy teaching my Internet History, Technology, and Security and Programming for Everybody courses on Coursera. I also am taking pedagogy and technical inspiration from the excellent Coursera Interactive Programming in Python course taught by Joe Warren, Scott Rixner, John Greiner, and Stephen Wong of Rice University. I would suggest that after students complete my Python course, if they are interested in more programming, that they would take the Rice course. The technology I use here will never be as slick as Coursera because I am one person putting this all together with no financial support or an army of grad students - I am lashing open source stuff together to make my own MOOC.
My goal once I gain experience with this approach and my prototype pieces work successfully is to make it so that this class can be a MOOC in any MOOC or LMS platform including Coursera, CourseSites, Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard, GradeCraft, Joule, or Canvas. I picked Moodle first because it has the best IMS LTI Provider support thanks to Juan Levya. All the software I write will be open source and all the content I build will be Creative Commons Attribution. I want this all to be used as examples and remixed.
The technology I am using includes Moodle, Piazza, YouTube, Google WebSite Translation, Twitter Bootstrap, and Sakai, as well as using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability to implement my service-oriented mashup of functionality.
If you are a teacher and interested in reusing my materials, this is my plan:
So give me a little time and stay in touch if you are a teacher interested in reusing this content, software, or technology. I should probably start a Google Community or something about this... Hmmm. For now I need to write code.
This experiment is hosted on servers provided to me at no charge by the University of Michigan School of Information and I am very thankful for that.
Charles Severance - Mon Oct 21 09:45:03 EDT 2013