O5: Creation of MOOC

O5: Co-Creation and Development of o MOOC (for Blended Teaching and Learning in Schools)

As part of the project’s initiatives, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will be developed, specifically tailored to the needs of individuals who have not received training or are not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of school life, such as parents and management bodies. The MOOC aims to provide guidance and support on implementing culturally responsive blended learning strategies in schools and organisations.

The development of the MOOC will involve the active participation of all project partners, who will collaboratively contribute to the creation of storyboard content. Additionally, the University of Cyprus (UCY) will play a key role in designing and developing the technical plugins required for the MOOC, ensuring its smooth functionality. Feedback and input from all partners will be sought throughout the development process to ensure the MOOC meets the needs and expectations of its intended audience.

This output represents a highly innovative approach, leveraging cutting-edge information and communication technologies (ICT) to disseminate project materials in an interactive manner to specific target audiences. By embracing the latest digital possibilities, the MOOC will provide an engaging and accessible platform for participants to enhance their understanding and implementation of blended learning strategies. It offers a remote access option that eliminates the need for extensive travel, benefiting participants across different regions and countries.

The MOOC’s design will prioritise user-friendliness and accessibility, ensuring that participants can easily navigate through the course materials and engage with interactive content. Through a combination of videos, quizzes, discussion forums, and other multimedia elements, the MOOC will offer a dynamic and immersive learning experience. Participants will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace, accessing the course materials at their convenience.

Elements of Innovation

This highly innovative output, through the usage of state-of-the-art ICT technologies, explores the newest digital possibilities to disseminate the developed materials in an interactive way with the predefined audiences. Schools will benefit from this remote access technology to build their blended learning capacity. The MOOC will also ensure high accessibility in all participating countries and will avoid long-distance travel for training events. The findings of the pilot study of the innovative MOOC will feed into the refinement of the MOOC to facilitate the distributed evaluation and planning in schools. The newly developed MOOC will be tested for the first time in different project countries.