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MOOCs and DIY studio

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC for short, is a self-paced online course accessible to anyone, anywhere. As a learner you can take the course at the time or place that suits you best. As there are thousands of online courses on platforms such as Coursera, EdX, FutureLearn and Udemy, there is almost always a relevant topic to study at the time you need it. This makes life-long learning a lot more accessible.

MOOCs at the University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has published over 20 MOOCs on the FutureLearn platform so far. These were created by staff, students and support staff from all faculties, leading to highly successful courses such as Young People and their Mental Health, Understanding the GDPR and Introduction to Dutch. These are all ranked among the Class Central’s top-100 best online courses. You can find all our MOOCs on the RUG website

Using MOOCs in class

MOOCs can be found in different sizes, ranging from 4 to 40 hours of workload, although most will be around 12-16 hours. As bundles of content they can be a very good source to use in class, either as required reading or additional resources. Even if you do not need an entire course, many MOOCs allow downloading of texts and videos for non-commercial purposes, so re-using high-quality videos, pdfs or blogs may provide your students with some alternative to the more common academic reading lists. Searching for one is easily done via Class central, where all MOOCs from all platforms can be found. 

Nevertheless, some caveats have to be made. As with many books, not everything in a MOOC may fit the content of your course so students may have to be pointed to the right units. Also, the timing that the course is available may not match or may be too restricted. For all UG titles, this can be solved without any issue. If there are courses on the FutureLearn platform from other institutions, we can reach out to them to create a better match. 

We also use the FutureLearn platform for our own on-campus courses. Both the faculties of Economics & Business and Science & Engineering have several beautiful courses, such as Global Finance & Growth and Stakeholder Analysis & Engagement. Find out what students and staff thought of using the platform for learning.

Creating your own MOOC

During the last few years, the Educational Support and Innovation (ESI) team has supported several successful Erasmus Plus, EIT Health, Veni and Vidi grant proposals that wanted to include a MOOC as part of the dissemination or innovation strategy to be able to share their findings with thousands of people worldwide. The University of Groningen has a very experienced development team to support you in planning and creating effective Massive Open Online Courses.

Whom to contact? 

If you would like to know more, please contact MOOC specialist Tom Spits.


Do-It-Yourself Studio (DIY Studio) 

“Knowledge clips” are short educational videos, usually no longer than 6 minutes in length. A simple 'Do-It-Yourself Studio' has been set up for recording such videos in the Harmonie building. The studio is very easy to use, and most people do not require much support to produce their recordings.  While no post-processing is available, the moment you leave the studio the video is ready and can be uploaded to any video server, including, of course, the Nestor learning environment. The studio is located on the second floor of the Harmonie building, opposite AVServices, and must be booked in advance at AVServices. Priority for use will be given to instructors within the Arts and Law faculties. Others may book the studio if time is available, however, costs may be involved.

For more complete information about the DIY Studio, visit its dedicated Infornet webpage. (Login required)

Not exactly what you’re looking for?  Related information on the following topics can also be found on our website: Using video in education, sharing videos, uploading videos to Nestor, creating educational videos.

Process

In the Do-It-Yourself studio, only a limited number of types of knowledge clips can be made. After all, these are simple videos that you can create without the help of others. Most of these types are outlined in this explanatory video about using the DIY Studio. The options are: 

 Presenter only

You are visible, but no slides or computer images are shown. This form is suitable when you want to tell a story without supporting images. An image or video can be added to the background via greenscreen video technology, if desired.

 Powerpoint with presenter

You are visible, and next to you the slides of your PowerPoint presentation are shown one by one.

 Powerpoint without presenter

The slides of your PowerPoint presentation are shown one by one. You record your voiceover audio but do not appear in the picture.

 Computer screen (coming soon)

After connecting a laptop to the system you can make a recording of the computer screen. This is suitable, for example, for demonstrating software, or recording a Prezi presentation. If desired, you can be visible before and / or after the laptop recording (see 'Combination of the above options').

 Combination of the above 

After connecting a laptop to the system you can make a recording of the computer screen. This is suitable, for example, for demonstrating software, or recording a Prezi presentation. If desired, you can be visible before and / or after the laptop recording (see 'Combination of the above options').

Preparation is key to a good quality recording no matter which tool you are using!

  • Using a technique such as storyboarding can save you time and frustration. When designing your slides, take note of Mayer’s multimedia principles. 

  • Ensure that you have already determined what you will say for each slide or visual in the presentation. Write the script in the notes box of your individual Powerpoint slides. The system will automatically take these notes from each slide and show them on the teleprompter while that slide is being recorded.

  • Rehearse a few times prior to recording, in order to make sure that the video has a nice flow and cadence.

You can find out more about the step-by-step procedure for producing a quality knowledge clip by clicking here.

More information

For a more complete description of everything to do with recording in the DIY studio, please visit here.

Whom to contact? 

There are different departments to contact depending on your needs (booking the studio, pedagogical and instructional design support, etc.) For more information about who to contact for each, please click here.

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