It's been three months since I worked as an Instructional Designer in a private college. As a fresh graduate, I felt both excited and nervous about this new job, which needs to create online courses on how to use some softwares and create a MOOC. I can apply most of what I learned in the past 5 years in the program of Information Technology in Education, like how to make an animation, record screen, editing video, audio and poster. At the same time, I lack of skills of real training and consulting experience, and don't know how to start and manage a new project.
At first I was in charge of teaching instructors how to use Moodle. Most unis are using Moodle now, but I felt it's not user friendly and ugly. However, I found Moodle can support many functions with settings and plugins. I guess most uni chose it because it's free and flexible with opening resources.
There're already many instructor user guides online. I was wondering why we are spending time to develop our own. But it seems that every university in hong kong has its own Moodle user guide.
Another work I do is helping instructors create MOOC, which stands for Massive open online course. Now people are sharing knowledge online and higher education institution builds mooc to open education resources to anyone, explore new pedogogy practice and raise both the institution and instructors' reputation.
The instructors are expert in their fields and have good experience in teaching face to face. But when it comes to online learning, they are stuck by technology and designing an online course. On the contrast, I have no idea about their discipline, but I have taken some MOOC and know the steps of how to design a course (Literally) and good at developing medias.That's why they need me I think. What I need to do is to create some demo courses to experience how to create a MOOC instead of talking without trying first. Then create some guidelines on how to create a MOOC that can be generable and use to any subject. After 1 months, I found there're all the amazing courses on how to create a MOOC course, provided by edX ,Udacity and some universities like Edinburg. So I stopped wasting time on making something repeated and not as good as theirs.
The four big MOOC supplier:
edX, Coursera, Udacity, Futurelearn
Regarding working with instructors, I first interviewed them. They told me what they need and asked me to provide some ideas on e-learning. They asked me a lot of questions about what the program is all about, how it's paid, how much effort they need and how to start a course, whether MOOC will replace their teaching job, will students come to the class, what if a student is so smart and learn all the course in a week? How to make their course unique and attract students ? How to assess students' learning? How about the copyright issues?
Finally the college decided to let instructors explore first and if the course are good, they will consider making it into a MOOC and give some extra support, both in teaching assistent, reducing some workload and money.
Some teachers push me to do things quickly and some are a little bit reluctant to change. Anyway, they are afraid of spending too much time on it. So they gave me a ppt or pdf and asked me to turn it into a video. I don't know how to handle with it at first.
When the first video was made by an instructor, I gave some comments on how to improve the video and audio quality. But I was told to give feedback after discussion with my boss. Why? bcoz I only told them how to do, but didn't say anything about the principles of creating a good video and how to check by themselves.
When i had my first training workshop, i felt nervous. I told them how to do something step by step. But it's far too detailed and my boss thought it's not for an introduction course. Without focused on some main points and talk about the goals and asking questions to lead teachers thinking, I saw the teachers are puzzled and quite passive duiring the whole training.
Industry vs College
Industry: Adult, sales --> HR
College different discipline--> Teachers