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Design Pattern: Induction


Providing orientation and guidance to get participants started on a course.

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We want our learners to understand how to make the most of the MOOC structure. This is challenging when our learners come from diverse backgrounds, often with very different expectations of and drivers to complete the MOOC. 


Learners are not used to working in an online environment or in a massive open context.


Induction to include learning journey, learning online (digital literacy), how to make the most of the platform.


For example: FutureLearn provides a video on how to use the platform, how to orient around it. This generic video is good because if the learner is taking more than one MOOC from the same platform they need not repeat it. On the other hand, if the tutor wants to personalise the video for his/her course, this may be an opportunity to add 'teacher presence' and demonstrate the unique features of the course.


University of Leeds MOOCs on FutreLearn include a welcome section.

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Author(s): Yishay Mor, Steven Warburton
Published at: 19 Jun 2015 08:15 GMT
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