I originally signed up for two topics: Teaching Adult Learners, and Becoming and Confident Trainer. The Adult Learner topic was mostly to see what others say about the topic since I've already taken courses on this topic as part of my master's coursework. The confident trainer was a bit of a repetition, but it was also an interesting look into corporate training, something I am not too much into given that I work in Higher Education. Once I sampled these two course, I decided to sign up for a few more, Concepts in Game Development, going back to my computer science days; Human Resources, going back to my MBA days for a refresher; and User Experience for the Web, a refresher on my UX days in computer science, but also to see what a self-paced topic looks like. The other four courses were "paced" courses.
|My badges thus far|
That said, I did notice that all courses followed the same format. There are four modules in each course, no more, no less, Each module has nine or ten mini-modules which include a short video (less than ten minutes) and a multiple choice quiz. Each module has a final, summative, quiz which contains five or ten multiple choice questions. The final summative quiz can be taken up to four times for a better score, but the thing I noticed was that when I took the quiz, I got a final score. I was never told which questions I got wrong, so when I went back to take it again, I had to second guess myself on some quizzes. This time around I didn't care about getting the badge for 100% on all quizzes, so I never really tried quizzes again if I got less than 100%.
From a content perspective, I do like some of the video elements, like the glass wall that they write on to illustrate their points (gets us away from horrible horrible powerpoint presentations), and that they limit most videos to 10 minutes. That said, presentations were a bit formulaic. The formula was:
- This is what I am going to tell you
- I am telling you what I said I was going to tell you
- This is what I told you
- This is what we are talking about in the next segment.
Finally, I did connect (aka "friend") with some people, but again, feeling disconnected. On the plus side, I DID end up using some of the knowledge I gained in some of these MOOCs right away, which as refreshingly surprising to me! I'm signed up for five more courses, starting at the end of the week. So more Open2Study thoughts at the end of those.
What you do you think? Have you had any O2S experiences?