MOOCs are typically shorter than traditional courses, varying in length from 4 to 8 weeks, with shorter courses more successfully retaining students. But despite the shorter course length, creating a MOOC takes substantially more time than preparation for a traditional new course. The amount of time will vary depending on the duration and design of the online course.
What is involved when a MOOC is under development?
Advance planning includes all aspects of the course design, from lectures to assignments to grading criteria. All course elements will need to be completed well before the course actually launches on edX. Your MOOC project team will work with the faculty member(s) to develop a timeline that allows sufficient time to build and launch an edX course. An example of a MOOC development and production cycle is as follows:
- Course Development: 1 month; with design work spanning several weeks in some cases. Develop course goals and blueprint that outlines the included learning modules and course duration.
- Course Design and Production: 2 – 4 months. Complete instructional design of each learning module, record video and develop media, and implement course on edX platform.
- Launch and Support your MOOC – 4 – 8 weeks, depending on course length.