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MOOC at uoft

MOOC design workshop files (OLS Summer 2014)

MOOC Table of Design.pdf

Video Tips.pdf

MOOC Video Strategies.pdf

MOOC Research UofT .pdf

MOOC Design Workshop Orientation.pdf

MOOC Design Round Table.pdf

Marketing your MOOC.pdf

Activity in MOOCs .pdf


MOOC research and Evaluation

The University of Toronto is committed to exploring new ways of teaching and sharing knowledge in the 21st Century, and its participation in the two platforms Coursera and EdX are an essential part of this. Some of the topics that we aim to investigate as part of our research program include:

  • Student demographics and learning goals/approaches

    • Teachers, teacher educators, graduate students

  • Range of pedagogical approaches that are available to instructors

    • KCI

  • Patterns of engagement and learning among participants

    • knowledge community stream vs lecture mode stream

Uof T strategies

As noted in the Open Course Initiative Fund documentation, the overarching the goals of the institution are as follows:

  • Contribute to the education community and the broader public through sharing of institutional expertise and open curriculum content

  • Explore and evaluate a range of pedagogical approaches and open course platforms

  • Leverage use of open educational resources through integration into University of Toronto degree program courses

  • Enhance the University of Toronto’s reputation as a leading institution for teaching, learning and research

  • Feature the University of Toronto’s contribution to global innovation

MOOC from UofT Perspective

Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


• Characterized by massive scale in the thousands  or tens of thousands and open enrolment.

• Within a set period learners undertake self-directed  progress through materials/tutorials combined with  integrated self-assessments and homework assignments.

• Includes peer-to-peer interactions (discussion, peer assessment)

• Leverages automated platform to provide formative feedback to students

• Potential for certification/recognition of student learning

why this mooc?

What is innovative about it?

What research is associated with it?

similar moocs

what goes into making a mooc?

Workflow for creating a MOOC


  1. consult with local Educational Technologist and Liaison Librarian regarding divisional resourcing and initiatives

  2. Consultation with Director of Online Learning Strategies and Divisional Leader responsible for online learning

  3. Submit Proposal to Divisional Committee

    1. For MOOCs if the content is approved by the divisional committee, then submit the proposal to the University's Open UToronto committee.

      1. open course proposal template (

      2. funding framework (

Institutional and divisional approval.


Critical success factors (Summary)

  • time and resources to develop the MOOC

    • divisional support (oise??)

    • at least 6 months

  • instructional design support

    • Laurie

  • team members

  • production equipment/costs

  • Research and eval

  • resources needed:  Based on our experience to date,the cost for development of a MOOC might include:

    • Faculty release

    • TA support

    • Course builder staff time

    • AV production and post

    • production staff time


Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC):  Resource and Planning Guidelines

Planning and Process

Process guide:

Underlying design approach:

  • learning outcome

  • content

  • learning activity

  • assessment
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