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MOOC Dys : The training project chronology

The different stages of the project

When will the MOOC Dys take place? What are the different stages of this project? This article represents the main stages of this project chronology.   An animation will show you the project chronology in images.

When will the MOOC Dys take place ?

The official launch date of MOOC Dys is October 15, 2018.
Yet, you are able to access our platform a week earlier to familiarize yourself according to your learning environment!


What are the main stages of the MOOC Dys project?

Below is the presentation which illustrates the different stages of the Erasmus + MOOC Dys project from the conception to the “post-evaluation” stage.

Click on the 3 small dots at the bottom right of the animation to access the full screen view. Then, the contents will be more readable.

 

1. The design of the Erasmus+ MOOC Dys project

Primarily, this project is designed by the convergence of two individuals: Bérenger Dupont and Marco Bertolini.

Bérenger Dupont is a coordinator for Logopsycom and actively engaged in many Erasmus + projects. Whereas Marco Bertolini is a professional trainer and creator of Formation 3.0, who happens to search for a solution to finance the MOOC Dys.

Since January 2017, they started working on the project for a month. Berenger then gathered some potential partners, drafted most of the project and presented it to the Belgian National Agency Erasmus + for approval. All they had to do was to wait for the response from the European authorities…

2. The launch of the MOOC Dys project

In August 2017, we received the green light from the national agency Erasmus + as a go ahead for this project! Although the given funding was less than expected, it was enough to kickstart the project.
We continued working on the content and relationships with future partners. We also exchanged files with Slack, Dropbox and Google Drive.
A year before the official launch for the MOOC, we organized our first official meeting in Chalkis, Greece. That took place in mid-October 2017. Below are all partners who had attended:
  • Logopsycom representing Belgium
  • Formation 3.0 representing France
  • KEDDY representing Greece
  • REDE DLBC representing Portugal
  • Civiform representing Italy
  • Pitesti University representing Romania

The main purpose for this meeting is to prepare and organise the continuation of the MOOC Dys project. You can read more about this in the Revolution in Education blog post.

3. The survey and the Need Analysis

In January 2018, we released a set of questionnaires for parents teachers dealing with dys children and adolescents.

Later, we analysed these questionnaires and applied the results to have a better understanding of the needs from our different audiences.
At the end of March 2018, after a thorough discussion with our partners pertaining the results of these questionnaires, we developed empathy cards that enabled us to fully understand the needs of both parents and teachers.
Then, in April 2018, we have another group meeting in Lisbon, Portugal for two reasons:
  • to discuss the results of the surveys and empathy cards
  • working with our partners on the content of the MOOC
During this discussion, since they are mostly representatives of the parent associations and/ or teachers with dys children, our associated partners relayed all necessary information given to them for all of us to consider.
They also helped us to create the contents of MOOC Dys: to determine which elements are important for families and teachers, which type of activities would meet their needs to their fullest capacity.
The photo below shows some partners “brainstorming” about the possible contents of the MOOC: MOOC Dys partners work on the content with post-it.
Partners and associated partners of the MOOC Dys brainstorming with post it
The partners brainstorming in Lisbon
After the Lisbon meeting, we continued to work on the MOOC Dys structure and contents using the reused post-its designed by the partners and associated partners.
Once we managed to construct our first frame, we submitted it to all partners.
Their feedback will serve us to refine the first pedagogical scenario, followed by a listing with all the activities concerning the MOOC.

A sample of post-it notes used during brainstorming sessions :

Post it notes used by the MOOC Dys partners to brainstorm over the course content in Lisbon

A sample of post-it notes used during brainstorming sessions

4. The creation of the contents and activities of the MOOC Dys

 

By the end of May 2018, we will have a virtual meeting; a video-conference where we will respectively define the itinerary, lncluding the organisation’s creation of content and activities for the MOOC Dys. During summer, between June and mid-September, we will create the full contents of MOOC Dys that consists of:

  • texts and images
  • videos
  • quiz
  • interactive contents
  • exchange and social learning activities
  • etc.
Each partner is responsible for creating the contents he/she has been assigned to. Firstly, the responsible partner will translate the contents into English, which relatively convey it to other partners so that they can translate it into their own language.
Each partner is responsible for his own language with regards to:
  • the contents and activities
  • the MOOC animation

In mid-September, we will have another meeting in Pitesti, Romania and will take this opportunity to shoot some live videos to be embedded into the MOOC.

5. October 15, 2018 : The premier session of MOOC Dys

Officially, the MOOC commences on October 15, 2018. Yet, you are able to access the platform even before that. You are allowed and able to access the platform The Course Networking as early as October the 8th! You are able to choose your course:
  • The “simple” journey: basic information, reliable and verified; fun, educational and interactive activities for all;
  • the “family” route: the simple route plus specific activities and information for parents and the entourage of dys children;
  • the “teacher” path: the simple path plus specific activities and resources for teachers;
If you do have time in your hands, you can also decide to continue with all the courses simultaneously, especially if you fall into both parent and teacher categories for dys children.
If you fall into any of these categories: parent, teacher, professional, leader of an association, a collective, etc., you can apply MOOC resources for your own local animations. You can conduct them synchronously – during the MOOC – or later when the MOOC ends. This is because all our resources are licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 and you can reuse them for your own personal needs.

Once you have completed the MOOC, you will receive an official document authenticating your participation and scores according to the course you have chosen.

6. Evaluation and future sessions for MOOC Dys

After the first session of the MOOC Dys is completed, we will assess the project as a whole based upon its progress and results.
You are required to fill and complete a survey regarding the quality of the MOOC related to:
  • the quality of the contents
  • the quality of the MOOC animation
  • the quality of the exchanges you experienced during the MOOC
  • etc.
Then, we will analyze the end results of these evaluations and alter the contents and activities of the MOOC according to the relevance of its current users.

Consequently, a new polished MOOC Dys sessions will be introduced that will accommodate and excel your needs.

Conclusion : Perspectively, a tonne of work!

Yes! A MOOC definitely involves a lot of hard work!
Upstream work to develop an effective training that truly concur the needs of families, teachers and, above all, those dys children.
Having to put efforts during the training, especially when it concerns animation, compel the participants to engage in the course itself, answering their questions, ensuring that everything works optimally.
Work after the MOOC: to assess what actually works or otherwise, re-adjust certain parts, re-create more relevant content, etc.
We will continuously inform you on all matters over the coming months. Stay tuned 😉
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