Creating, Completing and Critiquing Our First MOOC
Keywords:MOOC, online learning, girl-friendly pegagogies, continuing professional development, teaching strategies
MOOCs allow anyone, anywhere, to access high quality learning materials via online platforms. With a rise in online learning, and a growing recognition of how this can support continuing professional development in the education sector, in 2016, the GDST (The Girls’ Day School Trust) became the first non-university education organisation in the UK to partner with the MOOC platform FutureLearn and launched its first course. This research paper outlines the history of MOOCS, how the GDST MOOC fits into this landscape, and how and why we created it. This paper will then go on to explore the challenges and opportunities of running an online course, before looking at how we are evaluating the first-run using qualitative and quantitative data.