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MOOC Production Values: Brush up on Video

I wrote a piece examining video production techniques employed by three MOOCs, with an eye on complexity and approachability.  While these early professors were supported by their organizations, the techniques employed are not out of the reach of everyday teachers.  The summation is a question:  will such production methods spawn a broad base of online materials?

Many of those who have taught MOOCs suggest that smaller online courses will become the bigger force in education.  In order to do so, the production side of the equation needs to addressed.  And, these are the early days.  Simply producing short video segments is far cheaper than hiring professional illustrators or developing video game-like simulations.

Or, is it sufficient for teachers to simply point to online resources?

I was deeply impressed by the open-source approach by each of the professors.  They want others to use their experience.  Keith Devlin's journal, Dan Russell (and Google's) Course Builder and Steve Blank's curriculum are amazing resources for anyone interested in online learning.




Thanks for these posts on MOOCs. I'm curating them in our MOOC HQ collection, and I'd also like to invite you to join our HASTAC Group on MOOCs, A Look at MOOCs, so that those on HASTAC who've expressed an interest in MOOCs can have easy access to your posts as well!

Hilary Culbertson, HASTAC Program Manager


Hi Hilary-

Thank you for passing my posts to the collection.  Is there anything I can do to simplify the process?  

Also, I'm pleased to be a part of the "A Look at MOOCs" group.  I see I am on the list, so I assume no action is necessary on my part.  As I make blog posts, will they be seen by the group now?  Or, do I navigate to the group page and post there?  I admit to being new to the site.

I've been fairly sparse in my postings so far.  Thanks for encouraging my behavior!


John Duhring



I'm so glad you're a part of the Group! I wish the process was completely streamlined, but there is 1 step to post your blog posts to a Group to make sure the members are notified (if they opted in to notifications). 

To post a blog post to a Group, find the Post to Groups vertical tab at the bottom of the compose page. Select your group, and make sure that the Public checkbox is checked if you'd like your post to be visible to everyone. (To post your blog so that it is visible only to group members, uncheck the Public box.) You can see a screenshot of this at the bottom of this page:

As for adding your posts to the MOOC HQ collection, I am happy to curate that! 

Thanks for being a part of the HASTAC community,