A short post on something I would label SPB-Moocs: Solo Projects (which) Become Moocs.
In one of our most watched discussion shows, De Wereld Draait Door (As the World Turns) two teachers were interviewed, who have a YouTube channel, one on history, the other on chemistry.
With simple instruments, they both make YouTube video’s, preparing students for their exams.
Both told the interviewer that they originally started with the video’s because they wanted to use the time in the class room to discuss problems and concentrate on discussions rather than tell what’s in the books. It came as a surprise for them that so many students used their video’s as preparations for the exams. In the program students tell that they don’t use the materials of their own teachers any more, there is even the tale of one teacher who uses the video’s instead of teaching himself.
In Europe and the VS, governments and private companies finance platforms, university staff discusses the pro and contras of developing and using open and online courses. The papers and journals dedicate special issues to this phenomena. Yet, some teachers just take a camera and a whiteboard and start their own channel, without large financial claims (although they did argue during the show that some financial support would be nice). And they are not alone, given the next Dutch blog: http://www.newmediabrains.com/news/124/68/6-docenten-laten-klas-flippen-in-YouTube-lessen/
So, suddenly some individual project aimed at 20 – 25 students becomes a YouTube channel watched by 15.000 – 175.000 student: designed to be a small project for a small audience, became a open online course which is viewed massively.
It would be interesting if people could point to other initiatives in the comments, it would be strange if this development was a pure Dutch development.
Perhaps something to come back in the future?