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edX E-Learning Course Development

Book Description

Design, develop, and deploy an interactive and informative MOOC course for the edX platform

In Detail

edX is an open source learning management system (LMS) and course-authoring tool that educational institutions and private organizations can use to create massive online open courses (MOOCs) and small private online courses (SPOCs).

This book walks you through the eight essential steps you will take to create your first edX course while teaching you tools and techniques you need to know as an edX instructor. Organized sequentially, each chapter represents a stage in your curriculum development and implementation process.

We begin with an overview of MOOCs and the history of edX; detail curriculum development and video production best practices; explore options for exercises and assessments; address your course's administrative options; and then review your role as a facilitator. Lastly, we suggest a strategy to market your course with traditional tools, edX options, and social media.

What You Will Learn

  • How to navigate edX, sign up for Studio, and create your own edX course
  • How to use video production best practices and convert your classroom lectures to instructional videos
  • How to create engaging assessments and effective exercises that achieve your course's learning objectives
  • How to publish an announcement, attach a course syllabus, add instructional pages, and upload course handouts
  • How to establish your edX course settings, view and modify course content, and import and export your course
  • How to market your course to increase enrollment and create an enjoyable educational experience for your students

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Table of Contents

  1. edX E-Learning Course Development
    1. Table of Contents
    2. edX E-Learning Course Development
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the color images of this book
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. eBooks, discount offers, and more
        5. Questions
    8. 1. Getting Started
      1. edX's potential and purpose
        1. Growth of the MOOC market
        2. The emergence of Open edX
        3. Emerging educational opportunities
        4. The impact of edX
        5. The foundation and future of edX
      2. Your role and responsibilities
      3. Creating your edX account
      4. Exploring edX courses
        1. Finding courses by navigating
        2. Finding courses by searching
        3. Finding courses by viewing all courses
        4. Finding courses by home page
        5. Finding courses by refining your search
      5. Signing up for Studio
        1. edX
        2. edX Edge
        3. Open edX
      6. Creating your course
      7. Characteristics of your course
        1. Public Studio Sandbox
      8. Summary
    9. 2. Planning the Curriculum
      1. edX Course Matrix
      2. edX Course Matrix data
      3. edX Course Matrix details
      4. The About page
        1. About pages across edX versions
        2. Long course descriptions
        3. Short course descriptions
          1. Staff biographies
        4. Prerequisites
        5. Frequently Asked Questions
        6. Course image
        7. About videos
        8. Other course information
      5. Preliminary documents
      6. Learning sequences
      7. Exercises and assessments
      8. Textbooks and course materials
      9. Discussion forums
      10. The course Wiki
      11. The course certificate
      12. Summary
    10. 3. Producing Videos
      1. Instructional videos
      2. Video production pointers
        1. Seven video production strategies
      3. Video post-production processes
        1. Reducing the video file size
        2. edX video specifications
      4. Transcripts for your videos
      5. YouTube best practices
      6. Summary
    11. 4. Designing Exercises
      1. The student view of problem components
      2. The Studio view of problem components
        1. Editing problem components
      3. Creating problems with edX's editors
      4. Exercises and tools
        1. General exercises and tools
        2. Image-based exercises and tools
        3. Multiple-choice exercises and tools
        4. STEM exercises and tools
      5. Content experiments
      6. Summary
    12. 5. Integrating the Curriculum
      1. Your course outline
      2. Course sections
      3. Course subsections
      4. Course Units
      5. Course components
        1. Advanced components
        2. Discussion components
        3. HTML components
        4. Problem components
        5. Video components
          1. Advanced video options
          2. Moving a video component
          3. Deleting a video component
      6. Course pages
      7. Course files
      8. Updates and Handouts
        1. Course Updates
        2. Course Handouts
      9. PDF textbooks
      10. Accessibility issues
      11. Summary
    13. 6. Administering Your Course
      1. Grading policy
      2. Content visibility
      3. Student cohorts
        1. Assigning cohorts automatically
        2. Assigning cohorts manually
        3. Assigning cohorts with a CSV file
        4. Disabling cohorts
      4. Beta testing
        1. More about Beta Testers
        2. Adding an individual Beta Tester
        3. Adding multiple Beta Testers
        4. Removing Beta Testers
      5. Exporting and importing a course
        1. Exporting a course
        2. Importing a course
      6. edX resources
        1. Building and running an edX course
        2. Google groups
        3. GitHub
        4. Launching your course
      7. Summary
    14. 7. Facilitating Your Course
      1. Staff roles
        1. Course staff
        2. Instructor
      2. Student enrolment
        1. Auto Enroll
        2. Notify students by e-mail
      3. Course discussions
      4. Course Wiki
      5. Messages to students
      6. Course data
      7. Student data
      8. Answer data
      9. Gradebook management
      10. Completion certificates
      11. Summary
    15. 8. Promoting Your Course
      1. Traditional marketing tools
        1. Marketing resources
      2. edX's marketing options
      3. Social media marketing
        1. Social media marketing resources
      4. Personal branding basics
        1. Personal branding resources
      5. Marketing metrics
      6. Student feedback
      7. Summary
    16. Index