I recently completed a MOOC (a massive open online course) from an well-regarded university. Although the course topic was about starting a business, I was equally interested in learning more about designing online learning.
My coursework in instructional design taught me a course had to have instructional objectives.
This course didn’t.
One of the other students in the course, Marcio Galli, a software developer and entrepreneur who works at telasocial in Brazil, took a different approach.
Instead of blaming someone else for not preparing a list of objectives, he figured out how to identify–and meet–the course objectives on his own.
Initially, he began by completing (but not submitting) the weekly quizzes one item at a time as he finished the video lectures. When he realized the questions didn’t always correspond to the lecture sequence, he began going back and redoing his earlier answer based on the new information he learned.
When Marcio got to the last week of the class, he completed the entire quiz before watching any of the video lectures.
His innovative approach effectively provided him with the objectives. It also activated his knowledge and created an anticipatory set.
Is that great, or what?
A round of applause to Marcio of @TelaSocial for showing me how to learn better by doing more of the work for myself.