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 +====== Options for Creating Standalone Online Courses ======
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 +There are various ways an online course can be offered, with varying requirements for how the course is developed and administered.
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 +  - Through edX.org: edX is Berkeley'​s nonprofit partner for delivering both free and for-pay online courses to the widest possible audience. ​ Anyone around the world may enroll. ​ Courses may include both free content (no tuition to the learner) and paid content (additional materials and/or opportunities to interact with Berkeley instructional staff whose costs must be covered). ​ edX and Berkeley work together to set market-competitive prices for the paid tier.
 +  - By default, edX courses do not result in Berkeley or other transferable academic credit. ​ However, depending on the course topic, short sequences of courses may lead to a "​Professional Certificate"​ for the learner (which generates some extra revenue for the course). ​ Finally, edX has rolled out a new program called "​MicroMasters"​ in which a sequence of upper-division-or-higher level online courses can potentially result in shortening time-to-degree if the student is admitted to a Masters-level degree program after completing the courses.
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 +You can also deliver online courses through Berkeley Extension or Summer Sessions, although those offerings do not in general reach the audience that edX reaches. ​ If you are interested in Extension or Summer offerings only, please [[mailto:​extension@berkeley.edu| contact Berkeley Extension directly]].
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 +The rest of this article summarizes the macroscopic level steps in adapting an existing campus course into the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format or SPOC (Small Private Online Course, uses the same technology stack but initially customized for a smaller cohort, often as a dry-run before launching the MOOC) using the edX platform and edX/​Berkeley relationship.
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 ====== Getting Started: Creating a MOOC or SPOC (Small Private Online Course) ====== ====== Getting Started: Creating a MOOC or SPOC (Small Private Online Course) ======
  
 **Before you start, you should "​enroll"​ in an EdX MOOC to understand the student experience of taking such courses, since you'll be preparing your materials to match that experience.** ​ Go to [[http://​edx.org| EdX.org]] and enroll for one or more courses, watch a few video segments, and try out some assessments. **Before you start, you should "​enroll"​ in an EdX MOOC to understand the student experience of taking such courses, since you'll be preparing your materials to match that experience.** ​ Go to [[http://​edx.org| EdX.org]] and enroll for one or more courses, watch a few video segments, and try out some assessments.
  
-You should then be in a good position to: +  ​Create an account on edge.edx.org account if you don't already have one (different platform than the MOOC edx.org account/​loginbut we encourage you to use the same username/​password,​ and definitely use an @berkeley.edu email). 
-  ​If you don't already have itrequest access ​to edX Studio authoring tool: [[https://​edge.edx.org/​| ​create an account on Edge]] (note this site is distinct from edX.org, though ​you are free to create an account with identical credentials),​ and then [[https://​edx.readthedocs.io/​projects/​edx-partner-course-staff/​en/​latest/​getting_started/​CA_get_started_Studio.html#​use-studio-on-edge| ​follow ​these instructions]] ​to get access to the authoring environment. If you have trouble, [[mailto:​lingison@edx.org| email Laura Ingison]], Berkeley'​s partner manager at edX.+  - All students who help create online courses should have some basic background in digital pedagogy. ​ The Center for Teaching and Learning has created a [[https://​edge.edx.org/​courses/​course-v1:​BerkeleyX+DP101+2017_BLW/​about ​|self-paced online course we would like you to complete]] before ​you get too far in your own course design. 
 +  - Request access ​to edX Studio authoring tool by [[https://​edx.readthedocs.io/​projects/​edx-partner-course-staff/​en/​latest/​getting_started/​CA_get_started_Studio.html#​use-studio-on-edge| ​following ​these instructions]]. If you have trouble, [[mailto:​lingison@edx.org| email Laura Ingison]], Berkeley'​s partner manager at edX.
   - While waiting for your Studio approval (usually <1 day), take the self-service ​ [[https://​www.edx.org/​course/​overview-creating-edx-course-edx-designx#​.VH8n81fF_FA| "EdX 101" course]] that walks you through how to create and deploy a course using EdX Studio.  ​   - While waiting for your Studio approval (usually <1 day), take the self-service ​ [[https://​www.edx.org/​course/​overview-creating-edx-course-edx-designx#​.VH8n81fF_FA| "EdX 101" course]] that walks you through how to create and deploy a course using EdX Studio.  ​
   - And/or if you prefer reading over MOOCing, read the [[https://​edx.readthedocs.io/​projects/​edx-partner-course-staff/​en/​latest/​getting_started| Getting Started Guide]] for the edX Studio authoring tool   - And/or if you prefer reading over MOOCing, read the [[https://​edx.readthedocs.io/​projects/​edx-partner-course-staff/​en/​latest/​getting_started| Getting Started Guide]] for the edX Studio authoring tool
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   - Peer grading: edX has facilities for doing this; the instructor specifies the rubric that peers will use for grading (“2 points if student mentions x”), as well as constraints on the grading relationships (e.g. “take the average or median of the scores of N peers”) and participation (“student must grade the work of at least N peers before they can see their own grade”). However, peer grading may not be practical in a self-paced course if there isn’t enough critical mass of students available to do it. We only recommend doing this if you are running a synchronous,​ non-self-paced course in which there are good pedagogical reasons for peer grading. In other words: this is not a shortcut/​substitute for manual grading or autograding.   - Peer grading: edX has facilities for doing this; the instructor specifies the rubric that peers will use for grading (“2 points if student mentions x”), as well as constraints on the grading relationships (e.g. “take the average or median of the scores of N peers”) and participation (“student must grade the work of at least N peers before they can see their own grade”). However, peer grading may not be practical in a self-paced course if there isn’t enough critical mass of students available to do it. We only recommend doing this if you are running a synchronous,​ non-self-paced course in which there are good pedagogical reasons for peer grading. In other words: this is not a shortcut/​substitute for manual grading or autograding.
   - Self grading: the course materials include answer keys, and students check their own work. This option is OK, but prevents the course from being offered for any sort of certificate,​ and therefore from generating any revenue.   - Self grading: the course materials include answer keys, and students check their own work. This option is OK, but prevents the course from being offered for any sort of certificate,​ and therefore from generating any revenue.
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 +====== Assessments for Verified or Credit-Pathway Courses =====
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 +If your MOOC is part of a [[http://​edx.org/​micromasters|MicroMasters]] or other program where course completion is high-stakes,​ consider using any or all of the following techniques for your assessments,​ which you can remember with the acronym **TRAP**:
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 +  * Timed exams - once student starts a single-attempt exam, must complete the whole thing within a time limit
 +  * Randomized questions - edX has facilities for randomizing question choices so different students get slightly different versions of questions
 +  * Alternative content - if your course has both a non-verified and a verified/​credit-pathway/​paid offering, an alternative to randomizing is to use different (static) sets of questions for each.  This defeats the [[https://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1508.05699|cheating technique wherein]] a student has two accounts, using the free account to "​harvest"​ correct answers and then populating the verified/​paid account.
 +  * Proctored - edX has [[https://​partners.edx.org/​videos/​micromasters-virtual-proctoring-webinar-december-2016|asynchronous proctoring]] (login required to view video) as an additional check on integrity.
  
 ====== Others'​ best practices ====== ====== Others'​ best practices ======
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