Adjacent platforms
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Design Pattern


Use additional platforms to support a MOOC where the central platform falls short.
Manic Miner - obviously this is an adjacent platformer

Adjacent platforms

Additional platforms which support/underpin MOOCs are often used as places to share resources or provide bespoke tools to create learning objects. These are used when the mooc platform falls short e.g. for technical, flexibility, quality or other reasons.


You want to make your online course rich and diverse but find that the large MOOC provider platforms such as Coursera/FutureLearn/edX are somewhat limited in their scope as they try to provide a common base for all. When extra functionality is required, course teams need to find suitable tools and services to fulfil extended learning and teaching needs.



Applicable when you are delivering a MOOC from a large provider platform that offers a limited and constrained toolset. 


Accept that people use a range of platforms, tools, approaches for online teaching and learning - build this into your MOOC course design by integrating platforms together e.g. using LTI etc. This will improve the learner experience by not being restricted to the tools / functionality offered by the single learning envrionment.



Data and References

Related patterns:

Use INDUCTION to make sure that participants have and opportunity to test these platforms using the related pattern.

Put into practice using SHARING WALL pattern.

Avoid overusing tools by checking anti-patern TOO MANY TOOLS


Author(s): Yishay Mor, Steven Warburton
Published at: 19 Jun 2015 08:16 GMT
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