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expectations_and_standards_for_berkeleyx_courses

A BerkeleyX course is much more than just posting your lecture videos online.

The key ingredients of such a course are:

  1. Lectures divided into “modules” of 7-15 minutes each
  2. Automated assessments with quick and nontrivial feedback (see below)
  3. Online forums where students can ask questions
  4. Oversight by an on-campus graduate or undergraduate teaching assistant

Lecture Modules and Course Organization

Practical experience suggests that short self-contained modules adddressing one topic allow students to pace themselves better. The edX platform includes an authoring environment for uploading these modules and organizing them into “units”.

TIP: For simplicity, consider an organization in which one “unit” in the course is equivalent to one week of lecture on campus. Hence a unit would include approximately 160 minutes of lecture broken into 7-15 minute modules.

TIP: If you are planning to live-capture your on-campus lectures, we suggest you organize the lectures in advance as sets of short modules with a clear “break point” in between modules. Our experience has been that the act of doing this results in better-organized lectures. Read more about module creation based on live lectures.

Automated Assessment

A key element of high quality MOOCs is the ability of students to get near-instantaneous and nontrivial feedback on their work. Types of self-assessment include:

  • Short answer (multiple choice, numeric answer, fill in blanks), machine evaluation
  • Long answer: more sophisticated assessment specific to each course type. For example, grading of student computer code for software courses, simulation of a student-designed circuit, and so on.

The edX platform includes built-in support for authoring and grading short-answer assessments. It also includes an API (application programming interface) for plugging in customized long-answer assessments that you or your students develop or procure.

Online Forums

This built-in feature of the edX platform lets students ask questions and get responses from their peers, from teaching assistants, or both.

TIP: Consider asking the most successful “graduates” of your online course if they would be willing to help as forum monitors for the next offering. Many are willing to do this as a way of giving back and cementing their own knowledge.

Forum oversight

Even with volunteer forum monitors, the forums will need oversight by a teaching assistant personally anointed by you.

TIP: Consider asking successful alumni of your on-campus course (especially talented undergraduates) if they would be interested in this position. Formal recognition or compensation of this work would be up to you.

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