Building a successful massive open online course about multiple sclerosis: a process description
Objective: The aim of this study was to present a detailed description and assessment of the development process of the Understanding MS MOOC.
Methods: The development process included a course development focus group; the creation of more than 50 content videos and related text, quizzes, activities, and discussion prompts; the creation of original images and animations; a pilot study; and collaborations with people living with MS, MS nurses, allied health care practitioners, and neurologists and researchers from 4 universities.
Results: Overall, the process was efficient and effective. With a few small changes, we recommend this approach to those seeking to develop a similar course. This process led to the development of a highly reviewed MOOC with excellent user satisfaction.
Conclusions: We identified 5 key lessons from this process: (1) community support is essential, (2) stakeholder involvement improves content quality, (3) plan for research from the beginning, (4) coordination between the academic lead and project manager team ensures a consistent voice, and (5) a network of collaborators is a key resource.
Publication titleJournal of Medical Internet Research
Department/SchoolMenzies Institute for Medical Research
PublisherJMIR Publications, Inc.
Place of publicationCanada
Rights statementCopyright 2020 Suzi B Claflin, Rachael Gates, Maree Maher, Bruce V Taylor. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/