Case 1: Flipped Chemistry with University of Manchester and Beijing Normal University
Based on the "Introduction to Physical Chemistry" MOOC, academics from both the University of Manchester and Beijing Normal University, with the support from Wolearn, worked collaboratively to run a blended, flipped classroom model to help Chinese students develop self-directed learning and critical thinking skills.
Interactive online seminars were offered by Professor Patrick O’Malley from the University of Manchester, on the principal topics of Physical and Inorganic chemistry during this flipped model. For each topic two 90 minute seminars were offered. The instruction follows a blended approach where content material covered by the seminars is distributed beforehand for student study, usually in the form of short video lectures. Problem questions on each topic are also distributed prior to the seminar for student completion. The live interactive seminar is usually broken down into three components: 1) Online presentations by students of solutions to problem questions, 2) Answers to student queries and clarification of student answers by the Professor and 3) fully interactive student response multiple choice questions and answers using polling software. View more……
Case 2: Web Science MOOC with University of Southampton and Beijing Normal University
In September 2014, the University of Southampton Web Science MOOC, hosted on the FutureLearn, was used as an integrated component of an introduction to computer science course being delivered by Beijing Normal University. Chinese students were asked to register on the course so that they could access the resources in addition to attending classroom activities as normal, delivered by their own university. Online discussions were held between students and their Chinese teachers focussing on the MOOC resources and held on Wolearn platform. In addition, a limited number of online seminars were delivered by academics from Southampton with the summative assessment of the 87 students being undertaken by the Chinese tutors. Figure 1 illustrates how the different partners organisational arrangements. View more..
Case 3: Central China Normal University used Edinburgh University’s Elearning & Digital Culture MOOC
The E-learning & Digital Culture MOOC (EDCMOOC) was the first MOOC produced by the University of Edinburgh on Coursera. This MOOC aims to explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for the ways in which we conduct education online.
The original EDCMOOC and its resources, activities and social media elements, offers new perspectives on e-learning. It creates a new type of MOOC experience through exploring various digital technology and networking tools, such as YouTube, Google Hangouts, Twitter, etc. However, most of the platforms and tools used in the EDCMOOC are not available in China which had hitherto prevented Chinese learners from taking the course and participating in the activities around the content. Wolearn therefore localized the EDCMOOC by providing access to the equivalent Chinese platforms and tools, e.g. Youku and Wechat etc.
As a blended learning based course, EDCMOOC then offered a unique opportunity for Chinese students studying educational technology to reflect on and explore the connections between education, learning and digital cultures and experiment with digital technology in their own learning.
Case 4 : Mini Computer Science Courses
Wolearn provides an opportunity for academics to produce online resources, based on their existing teaching materials that could be used as an integral part of Chinese university courses.
Academics at the departments of Computer Science from the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton and the University of Glasgow have created a number of mini open courses. These were created as a result of negotiating suitable topics and content for Chinese students for different courses, including Foundations of Program Design, Principles of Compiler Design, Digital Signal Processing and Digital Image Processing.
The mini courses are openly and freely available for anyone to use or reuse in their own teaching, or for students to learn individually. Here Wolearn supports the organisation of seminars so that students have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the academics involved in creating the online materials.