Week 1 – MOOC first impressions

DelftX: OG101x Open Government – this a well constructed online course – it offers functionality to track progress, discussion boards and a wiki. It’s got nice features like a workload grid showing the estimated time for each activity. At first glance though the course seems very assessment heavy! With both a quiz and an assignment required each week. I’m assuming the quiz will be computer marked but I’m wondering how the assignment will be managed?

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Grading Figure from DelftX:OG101X Open Government

Image from Delft University of Technology licensed under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Each week there is one required paper and one recommended paper so far fewer than for my DEGC course! As a learning technologist I am impressed with the use of the technology, the videos are short and clear with subtitles and the transcript displayed alongside with clickable links. A PDF of the transcript and a PDF of the slides can also be downloaded. There are also options to speed up or slow the video. The video’s are hosted on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMYd2nAMgdMBut accessed from YouTube you don’t have all the additional content and the extra video player options such as the speed adjustments. The video has a licence CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0  (as does all the course content) this is actually a slightly more restrictive Creative Commons licence because it can’t be used or remixed for commercial purposes (NC = Non commercial), and must be re-licensed under the same licence (SA = share alike) but it would let you remix or build on the video as long as it’s credited.