Facilitating Online Learning: A MOOC on WizIQ

I have participated in many Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs since the first one began in 2008 with George Siemens and Steven Downes. What is a MOOC? Watch the following video written and narrated by Dave Cormier.

What is a MOOC?

Massive Online Conferences

I have also created Massive Open Online Conferences such as Connecting Online (CO09-CO12) and online Moodlemoot conference (MMVC11). Massive online open classes whether courses or conferences offer participants and facilitators a chance to learn about the topic or topics and interact with people from around the world. That’s the best part. What makes a course, class, or conference “massive”? What numbers are required to make it massive? Is it 100, 200, over 500, or over 1000? Is a MOOC about numbers or is it about the number of active participants? But then is learning measured by engagement or by artifacts that participants produce? These are some of the questions that many members of the MOOCs raised.

Experiences with a MOOC

Have you taken a MOOC? If so, what were your experiences and what conclusions did you come to? You are invited to join a MOOC on WizIQ. The course is called Teaching Online: Facilitating Online Learning. I will be managing the MOOC with Dr. Ludmila Smirnova. The full list of facilitators and the syllabus will be available by the end of May, 2012. The MOOC on WizIQ will begin on June 1, 2012. So join me and let’s learn together.

Facilitating Online Learning Course or MOOC on WizIQ


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *