Running a-MOC

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Running a-MOC: Daring to build an international community of practice on the theme of Teaching with Tablets


This project aimed to create and run an innovative hybridised MOC (Massive Online Course), Teaching with Tablets, preparing educators across sectors to use mobile devices effectively in their teaching. A second aim was to produce adaptable, multi-use resources on the theme that could be repurposed for CPD, research and teaching.

The use of mobile devices in education is increasing rapidly. To ensure that mobile devices enhance learning rather than distract from it, teachers need timely guidance on these new approaches. The potential audience for this guidance is substantial, cutting across sectors as tablets are used at all levels. Traditional CPD, based on seminars and workshops, would reach only a small proportion of this potential audience, whereas using a MOC would increase reach and accessibility, giving learners more control over the space, place and pace of their learning.

A structured connectivist approach to the MOC design combined features of both x- and c- MOCs in order to harness the power of learning in social settings with the advantages of structured content. Participants were encouraged to collaborate and share examples of their developing practice in an online community space.

We will share the successes and challenges we encountered in designing learning within online communities, and delivering CPD to an international audience of educators. Our preliminary findings are drawn from Blackboard Open Education statistics, analysis of weekly Twitter chats, analysis of interactions within the Google+ online community and from survey feedback from participants. This is supplemented by reflections from the project blog:
Period17 May 2016
Event titleNorthampton Learning and Teaching Conference (2016)
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map