The key ingredients of such a course are:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.