Producing a new Royal Holloway MOOC


Royal Holloway would like to develop MOOCs across a diverse range of subjects and welcomes expressions of interest.  Find out more about this process below.

Why develop a MOOC?

  • MOOCs can help raise the profile of the College, academic departments and individuals – nationally and internationally
  • MOOCs provide the opportunity to showcase particular areas of expertise; whether this be with the aim of attracting funding from an external source or recruiting degree seeking students to specific courses
  • Content created for MOOCs can also later be re-used and taught to students on campus-based or distance learning degree courses

How do I put forward a proposal for a new MOOC?

  1. For an informal conversation about developing a new MOOC, please contact Martin King in the E-Learning Team
  2. Once you are ready to submit a formal proposal you will need to complete a Course Proposal form
  3. This should be sent to Martin King in E-Learning for a joint review with FutureLearn.

How are MOOCs resourced?

  • Where available, central funding can be allocated to successful MOOC bids
  • Increasingly, MOOCs are financed by research grants and other external sources

This covers film production costs and the ‘buy-out’ of staff time, which frees up the lead educator’s time to create and run the MOOC

What is the timeframe for creating a MOOC?

We recommend that you submit your MOOC proposal at least nine months before you intend to launch the MOOC

How much time will I need to develop and run a MOOC?

  • This depends on how long the MOOC is
  • MOOCs can be 6 weeks long and will be quite time consuming to develop, but proposals for short MOOCs of 2 or 3 weeks are increasingly commonpalce and are also very welcome
  • The aim is to produce a combination of short articles and videos to cover a number of topics each week
  • As a guide, you should look to produce around 30-60 minutes of video content for each week of the MOOC, broken down into bite-sized videos of approximately 5-6 minutes
  • The degree to which you are familiar and comfortable with being in front of a camera will also affect how long it takes to develop content

How are MOOCs managed?

  • MOOCs are project-managed by the E-Learning Team.
  • A dedicated member of the E-Learning Team will provide advice and guidance on developing a MOOC and will act as the point of liaison between FutureLearn and the lead academic.
  • They will also help you find and appoint a film production company.
  • The lead educator is responsible for developing content and for running the MOOC over the chosen time period; this includes sending introductory messages out to all learners at the start of each week and ensuring oversight of the discussion forum, either personally or through the appointment of temporary staff with a knowledge of the subject, e.g. PhD students.
  • There is no expectation for the educator to read all comments in the forum, but to maintain a level of interaction as they see fit.
  • The forum is largely self-moderating with learners themselves reporting any inappropriate comments to the moderator, which are then removed.
  • Some educators also choose to communicate with learners in other ways such as through Google Hangouts; again, this is up to the lead educator.

How are MOOCs quality assured?

  • An ongoing process whereby the course outline, learning outcomes, pedagogic approach, materials and activities are assessed by the E-Learning Team, FutureLeanr and other stakeholders
  • A selection of the material ‘post-production’ is reviewed internally by the E-Learning Team
  • The completed course is submitted to FutureLearn one month prior to its intended launch date for external quality control.

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