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Friday, November 21 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Mookia: Open Courses Meet Social Learning

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As a student studied in a small college in western China, Open Courses have opened my eyes, satisfied my curiosity, brought me to graduate school in the States, and broadened my knowledge further with world-class learning materials. It has changed my life. Mookia started as a personal desire to connect with other learners who are using open courses. It became a master's project, and then a multi-year quest and experiment to make something that might bridge the gaps that I experienced learning with open courses.

Mookia is an evolving platform grown out of that desire to enrich the open education ecology. Mookia allows users to interact with each other around three top-level objects: courses, groups, and profiles. Each of these objects will create social spaces for learners to collaborate and interact over the open education courses. Course pages allow learners to post notes, discussions, and reviews. Group pages allows learners to post discussion about topics that's cross-courses or subjects. User profile pages display all of learner's followed courses, users, and groups with learner's posts and contributions. Learners will be notified with recent activities of any of the followed objects.

Mookia platform attempts to: (1) bridge the gap between the overwhelming amount of available high-quality Open Course content, and the lack of social platform and communal space attached to the content, (2) reduce the cost of online interaction over a chaotic distributed network, while aggregating most of the learning activities in a social space, (3) encourage open social learning and sharing without pay walls and closed discussions, (4) not only bring connections between related courses, but also bridge the related courses with related groups, forming a more flexible learning network, (4) enhance the usability and accessibility of Open Educational Resources by providing an easier to use, and easier to discover platform by providing a catalogue of Open Courses with learner-generated content.

This presentation aims to demonstrate the potential use cases for the Mookia platform, share goals and challenges in the design process, and invite feedback, critique, and collaboration from educators and learners who are interested in the adoption and promotion of Open Courses or OpenCourseWare.

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Shaomeng Zhang

University of Minnesota

Friday November 21, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST

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