Rapid Authoring of MOOClets/Lessons/Exercises

tiny.cc/createmooclets is a shortcut to this document.

Here is a short screencast: Rapid Authoring & Testing of MOOClets -- Blended/Online Lessons & Learning Activities

and a longer one: Embedding Qualtrics into EdX to create interactive MOOClets that extend EdX pedagogy and data collection functionality

Learning Objectives:

  • Know what you can do today to start authoring blended/online lessons & learning activities using Qualtrics (without programming experience)

  • Know how to use Mechanical Turk to cheaply and quickly recruit people to explore how people respond to and learn from online resources

  • Have a digital link to useful resources for making progress on the above objectives – tiny.cc/createmooclets or email josephjaywilliams@stanford.edu

  • Know about the “MOOClets Group” meeting Tuesdays 12-1 PDT: www.josephjaywilliams.com/mooclets and join mailing at list at tiny.cc/joinmooclets

Rapid Authoring & Testing of MOOClets/Modules

  • There are advantages to creating online modules – “MOOClets” – which serve as blended resources or the components of MOOCs. (www.josephjaywilliams.com/mooclets)

  • A key Technological Innovation in last five years is the creation of software for creating educational software.

    • This removes many barriers between designing and implementing digital educational resources. 

    • People with knowledge about pedagogy don’t have to know a specific programming language. 

    • This democratizes creating of rich educational resources and means that “learning engineers” don’t have to be software engineers.

  • There are many free options for software for rapid authoring that are unfortunately "best kept secrets": tiny.cc/rapidauthoringtools

Using Qualtrics for E-Learning

Learning about Qualtrics: cognitivescience.co/qualtrics

Pedagogically rich features of Qualtrics for Digital Lessons & Activities: tiny.cc/adaptingqualtrics

Embedding Qualtrics Lessons into a MOOC like EdX (e.g. via iFrame): tiny.cc/qualtricsedx

  • Qualtrics is one option I use. The “formerly known as survey tool” software Qualtrics.

  • Everyone at Stanford (and most R1 universities) have an account. Simply log in with your SUNET ID at stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com

Features of Qualtrics

Using Google Sites & Apps for Education to create Digital Resources for Workshops, Websites, Collaborative Groups


Using Mechanical Turk to do user testing & experiments

  • Amazon’s “Marketplace for work” that pairs “Requesters” who want things done with “Workers” who do things. Has a system for payment and a huge community of people to draw on. Large community of Researchers who use it already.

  • tiny.cc/mechanicalturk provides further explanation of what Mechanical Turk is, guide on how to set it up for experiments & user-testing, scientific literature on its viability for research, common challenges, additional resources.

Additional Resources

Rapid Authoring Tools