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Trina Rimmer

Hi Gordon. While what you're trying to achieve is possible with Studio or Storyline (a course is a course, right?), I'm not aware of any specific MOOC-like solutions I could point you to. I'll Tweet out your question in the hopes of attracting some more ideas and examples to this discussion.

In the meantime, thanks for sharing such an intriguing question to kick-start the week!

Nicole Legault

Hey Gordon - This has also spurred a great discussion amongst our team members about what exactly a MOOC is... and there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus. Some think a MOOC should be free, some don't. Others think a MOOC has an instructor component, others disagree. So, I think you should clarify with your client exactly what MOOC means to them and what their expectations are. 

Once you know that, we might be able to give you more specific tips and guidance on how to make your course "MOOC-like". :)

Jeff Kortenbosch

Hey Gordon, great question. A Mooc like template is on my 'to do' list for months now. My idea is that it's a video lecture based training that's either fully open or something that opens a chapter each week. Lengthwise it should probably run at least 4 weeks. A 'week' would end with some sort of assignment e.g. A quiz/assessment, some sort of written assignment, reacting/reflecting on content in a discussion forum etc. you might want to use quiz maker, your LMS' quizzing tool or embed something like a survey tool or Google doc with the WebObjects feature.

like I said, I've not made a working example yet but if you look at the structure that coursera or curatr use and you're half way there. You could record video with Articulate Replay and presto!

Karin Pfister

Hi Adam,

We are hosting this MOOC on Blackboard's Open Education LMS. Basically everything seems to be working great so far. Many of our interactives are web objects that our programmer has created, but I've also created things like income statements with drag and drop items where the user has to complete the statement by dragging the elements to the correct places and then do calculations to complete the statement. I've created our progress metre using variables and triggers (very time consuming to create such that if users bounce around it doesn't hit 100% before it should- I used Sjoerd de Vried method shown here : https://community.articulate.com/discussions/articulate-storyline/course-progressbar-with)

I can't wait for it to be finished so I can post here for everyone to see! 

Karin Pfister

Hi again,

re: camtasia- we are using video tutorials made in iSpring and putting them in Storyline. Also trying out the screencasting that is available directly in Storyline and making "Try Views" out of that for students to fill in spreadsheets after viewing how to do it. It's a bit fiddly and glitchy at the moment, not super happy with it but may persist. 

adam adam

Hi Karin,

Good to know and congratulations!  And I also can't wait to see it! :) Yeah, I haven't used ispring but I googled it and personally I think they may be similar tools, however each has prons and cons.

Have to say you are very talented! I'm also going to build MOOCs in a Chinese university, and hope to communicate with you more.


adam adam

wow,haha, same feeling here. I'm also gonna work in another Chinese normal university to build MOOC. That's nice, please tell me if I could help anything. :) Yeah, the subtitle and transcripts will help a lot. Do you have other contact ways? I'd like to keep contact with you.:)Facebook, skype, wechat, etc.

Karin Pfister

Hi there, I’m not sure what you mean by a trainer? Do you mean a live instructor in the course? If so, no they do not.
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Karin Pfister

Hey everyone, if you want to see a MOOC built with Storyline- sign up now. The course will open March 8. Here is the link to enrol: http://bit.ly/cduaccounting

The first module is entirely in Storyline, then storyline interactives/ branching scenarios are used for parts of Module 3 as well. 

I learned a lot and had so much fun experimenting with different ways to make ACCOUNTING more interactive and exciting while building this!! I hope you guys like it!