One of the foremost steps when you are offering an online MOOC course is to understand who your students will be. It is important for trainers and teachers to understand their audience so that they can customise the course to fill in learning gaps and address student interests, and clear misconceptions. Teachers who work towards understanding their students will be the most successful in creating content and engages and educates their students.
Let’s look at a few questions essential to understanding your students
1) What are your learner’s expectations from the MOOC course?
Understanding your online students objectives and expectations in taking the course will not only help you comprehend the student goals, but you can then use this information to ensure that your course in tailored to suit the student’s goals. A successful online course must reinforce how student expectations and goals are being met at the end of every module.
2) What is the technical and social media skill level of your learners?
If your learners are technologically savvy, you can develop a course with more interactive elements. However, if most of your learners are not that experienced with technology, you can go easy on using too many high-tech elements so that you do not overwhelm or lose your learners. Similarly, if your students are very active on social media, then you can increase the reliance on social media for active learning.
3) Where will your students be accessing the course?
One of the key features of a MOOC course is the accessibility as students as log onto the course from their schools, home, while in transit or even while sitting at a café… the options are endless. However, this also means that online course creators must take the learning environment into consideration when designing their course. If your course is very interactive and text-heavy you can advise your students to avoid accessing the course while in transit and to log in only from a desktop. Similarly, if most of your students will be accessing the course on a handheld device, then you can work on enhancing the level of mobility and device responsiveness of your course.
4) When will your students be accessing the course?
Most of the times, understanding the time of the day when the learners access the course, can help set the tone for course. For instance, if most of the students are accessing the course after a hard day at work, then it having short content modules makes more sense, then a long tiresome module. On the other hand, if most of the students are logging in during the weekends when they have more time, then you can design modules to be longer and more intensive.
5) What is your student’s familiarity with the course content?
Checking out your student’s prior understanding of the subject and familiarity with the course content will help you teach them a lot better. For advanced students you can minimise focus on the fundamentals and for students completely unfamiliar with the subject, you can ensure additional focus on the basics.
Are you ready to launch your online teaching course? Sign up with Uzity and create and deliver rich, interactive online learning experiences that your students will love.