Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Addressing Global Citizenship Education Through Digital Storytelling”
Year created: 2017
Resource owner: The MOOC has been developed in the framework of the European project BRIGHTS - Boosting Global Citizenship Education using Digital Storytelling funded by the Erasmus+/KA3 Programme of the European Union. The MOOC has been developed collaboratively by Maks vzw (Belgium), Guglielmo Marconi University (Italy) and Hellenic Open University (Greece) (also developed the MOOC delivery platform) under the coordination of ALL DIGITAL (Belgium). The organisations Centro Studi Foligno (Italy), Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (Greece), Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka (Croatia) have contributed to the evaluation and translation of the educational content and coordinated the piloting of the course in the respective countries.
PURPOSE AND INNOVATION
The BRIGHTS MOOC aims to increase the capacity of school teachers and trainers in implementing Global Citizenship Education (GCE) using Digital Storytelling (DS) who in turn will empower young people in the acquisition and development of social, civic and intercultural competences as well as critical thinking, media literacy, creativity and digital skills through the production of digital stories on Global Citizenship.
The MOOC is unique regarding the topic (combined treatment of GCE and DS), the highly interactive media and the broad target audience. It thoroughly explains how DS can be used to address GCE concepts such as human rights, peace, social inclusion, democracy. It provides high quality videos, textual material, case studies, practical applications and self-assessment activities. Youngsters, by creating and publishing a digital story, are transformed to empowered actors able to raise awareness, promote the democratic values and intercultural understanding.
The MOOC was made available in the beginning of March 2018 for a period of one month. A total number of 1183 learners from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Belgium, registered; of them, 485 learners completed the course (a stunning 41%).
Learners were asked to complete a pre-evaluation questionnaire before starting the course and a post-evaluation questionnaire upon completion. The former showed that the main expectations of the participants were to acquire knowledge that could be applied to their work and improve their current work practices. In the post-evaluation survey, the learners identified the strong points of the MOOC (clear and comprehensive educational objectives, extensive use of videos with subtitles, high quality content that was simple and to the point, user friendly course environment) that helped them become more knowledgeable of GCE topics and DS skills. As they stated: "I enriched my digital skills and learned interesting things that will enhance my teaching practice."
SCALABILITY / TRANSFERABILITY
Currently the MOOC is offered in 5 languages: Croatian, Dutch, English, Greek and Italian. Its core content, which consists mostly of videos supplemented with some readings, forums and quizzes has been developed in English and has been translated to the other four languages, thus achieving homogeneity. The auxiliary content, which supplements the core content, consists of OERs in each language selected to meet specific learning outcomes. Thus, a different MOOC has been compiled for each language.
Therefore, the MOOC can be easily adapted to any language by translating the core content (video subtitles, readings and quizzes) – a few person days effort. But what’s more important is that the MOOC can be contextualized to each language / country by adding OERs that present the national situation. And on top, a self-contained version of the MOOC can be produced for that language. Overall, one person month, approximately, is required to produce a version of the MOOC in a new language.
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