Call for proposals and feedback
Provost Anthony C. Masi is calling for proposals from all academic staff for the fourth non-credit McGillX MOOC in the first phase of our collaboration with edX. The first three courses, to be launched in 2014, are: Food for Thought, Natural Disasters, and Rebalancing Society: Social Learning for Social Impact. The fourth course will be offered beginning January 2015; this means that course design and development will begin no later than May 2014. Submissions are due by January 15, 2014. We encourage faculty members from all disciplines to make submissions.
This course will be developed through the University’s partnership with edX. The Office of the Provost will provide support funded by private donations for its development, production and delivery. There will be teaching relief funds for the equivalent of two courses, organized with the applicant and the applicant's Chair and Dean or equivalent, as well as support from Teaching and Learning Services and the Library.
Developing and delivering a MOOC is a resource intensive activity that is substantively different from teaching on campus. Instructors will need to modify their existing materials and pedagogy to maximize the opportunities that the online environment offers. A course design team (instructional designer, videographer, and technical lead) will provide the necessary expertise and support to the professor(s) in the process of developing the MOOC.
Proposals should be no more than two pages in length, plus the CV of the principal applicant with emphasis on teaching experience. In addition, a letter confirming that the Department Chair and Dean support the application must be included.
The course will be selected based on the rationale for offering the course as a MOOC, the potential for implementing a variety of instructional strategies, and the potential for measuring learning.
Provost Anthony C. Masi calls for feedback and formal briefs regarding McGillX MOOCs to be offered in the future.
Topics of interest include:
- assessment of students’ performance
- role of tutors and teaching assistants
- credit evaluation
- quality control
- business model.