Full course description

Starts: To be determined

Have you wondered what’s all the fuss about massive open online courses (MOOCs)? Have you ever started a MOOC, but never finished one? Do you feel as though you are not equipped to learn and collaborate in open, online spaces? Do you feel that sometimes you are not part of the wider conversation?

Open, online courses offer the potential for anyone to undertake learning as part of CPD activity or for self-learning. However, it can be a challenge to engage and learn effectively in these spaces. MOOCs can be lonely places, but using the open and social web to enhance your learning can really make a difference to the success of your MOOC learning experience.

This course will equip you to “Get Online & Get Open” and become a successful open, online learner. Designed as a facilitated open online course (FOOC), this course will support you and guide you in building confidence to be successful in open, online courses, but also in sharing your experiences with others through the effective use of social media tools.

Although the course is online, it is designed be supported by local, face-to-face networks and we encourage small teams and groups to join this course to maximise the experience.

Aimed at MOOC beginners, this course will:

  • Introduce you to the concept of the open web and open learning.
  • Explore available tools and services for open, online learning.
  • Suggest ways to manage and enhance your online presence and identity.
  • Encourage you to openly share your ideas and resources with others.
  • Demonstrate effective use of social media to enhance learning experiences.
  • Support you in identifying potential open, online learning experiences.
Simon Thomson

Simon Thomson

Head of E-Learning

Simon Thomson has led a number of nationally-funded research projects, including a JISC/HEA funded Open Education Resource (OER) project as part of the Phase 1 UKOER programme and an institution-wide pilot of tablet devices as part of funded research into the impact of 1:1 tablet device deployment. He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education. A passionate advocate of open education, almost all of his work is available under a creative commons license (where he is permitted to do so).

In 2014, Simon co-chaired the UK OER14 conference, and in the same year, was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellow in recognition of his work with Open Education. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is currently studying for a Ph.D. in E-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning.

You can connect with Simon on Twitter @digisim or through his personal website at blog.digis.im.