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Making MOOCs on a Budget

Newsletter, Week 3
Congratulations to everyone who has progressed on the Making MOOCs on a Budget course this week! We are now starting week 4 of this 5-week course, so we're nearly there!
Making high-quality videos on a low budget
If you think that videos will be an important part your your online course, you are in for a treat this week!  We are lucky to have on our team Jörn Loviscach who is a  leader in the development of high quality, low-cost online instructional videos in the German langauge.  Jörn  has posted more than 3,000 instructional videos to his Youtube channel, and with almost 55,000 subscribers, the number of views currently stands at 20,916,939. 
This week's content, where Jörn shares many of his secrets, is definitely a highlight of this course and worth viewing even if you have fallen behind.
Everything you need to get you started is here.
Have you fallen behind? Don't panic!
If you have been too busy or have not been able to keep up to date for any reason, you can still catch up - all the materials from the previous weeks are available and discussion forums are still open.
We hope you enjoy the comic strip below - we used Pixton to make it - also available here
Flipping classrooms, using videos in education - what does it really mean?

Jörn Loviscach has posted more than 3,000 instructional videos to his Youtube channel , and with almost 55,000 suscribers, the number of views currently stands at 20,916,939. Here, he talks about his experience over the last five years in flipping his classes and describes how his videos have helped him and his learners. He also shares his top 3 tips for making good videos on a budget. Read more...
What's been happening on the MOOC

In week 1, we introduced the various 'learning objects' to consider in your own online course - videos, quizzes, text, discussions, assignments, etc. We also considered the importance of deciding what the purpose of your course is - identifying your learning objectives, and we shared a tool to help you design your course. 
In week 2, we looked at  selecting tools and platforms for MOOC development. All materials are still available and you are welcome to ask questions and participate in discussions.
Last week we considered project planning, and promoting your MOOC and retaining your learners.There were some great contributions to these topics, and you are welcome to participate still. We also wrote about how to make online learning more satisfying Read more…
Navigating the discussion forums
This week, some people said they were having difficulty following the discussion forums. @JanineTUDelft explained that you need to click on the Discussion tab on the top bar,  then on  "All Discussions" in the left upper corner so that you see the topics under which the discussions were created. Alternatively, you can access the discussions through the discussion section in each section of the course itself, or use the search function. You can easily see which posts you haven't read because they appear with a white instead of grey background. 

Thanks to everyone who is participating in our learning community to build knowledge! 

Don't forget to check out the "additional resources" .You are also welcome to contribute resources to this page so that we can all learn - you might even find something worth sharing with your future learners to prepare them for engaging in your own course.  

We hope you enjoy week 4
Best wishes from the course team!
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