2019 Special Lecture: Introduction to edX online course creation

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Humanities and social science courses
Cross Jeffrey Scott 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Course description and aims

This is a blended learning course where students study online course materials in order to learn about educational technology (Edtech) and apply the knowledge they have gained to create an online course module on a topic they wish to teach to other students. This course is supported in part by Tokyo Tech Online Educational Development Office (OEDO) and periodically may use its facilities. English communication ability is required for this class.

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn about educational technology i.e. online learning (MOOCs, online courses) by studying online learning materials and apply their knowledge in order to create an online learning module using the open edX content/learning management system.


edtech, online learning, Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), Small Private Online Course (SPOC), blended learning, e-learning, edX, Coursera, open edX

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Online learning materials (videos) are studied on the edX edge web site before class. Class time is used for short lectures, discussion of the online materials and for group work activity. The last class will consist of student presentations on their education module they created as their final project.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course introduction, syllabus, grade, final project, students' self-introductions (icebreaker), GSA-D course learning outcomes, e-learning, GSA-D
Class 2 Learning management systems (open edX and Canvas) and Mind Map on online learning learning management systems
Class 3 Educational technology online applications, assessing apps with examples educational technology apps
Class 4 Online learning lesson creation and backward course design backward course design
Class 5 Metacognition, discuss final project theme and groupwork project based learning and teamwork
Class 6 use and application of blended learning blended learning
Class 7 Final group work presentation oral presentation skills and teamwork


From April until June, a separate course website (edX edge) will be available that contains the instructional materials. Please contact the instructor for access to it.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

E-learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 3rd Ed., Clark and Mayer, Pfeiffer, 2011.

Assessment criteria and methods

25% online material including quizzes, 25% attendance/participation in class activities and discussion, 50% development of original online course module

Related courses

  • LAH.H311 : Special Lecture: Introduction to online course video creation

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Knowledge about online learning education technology and experience with MOOCs is helpful but not required. English conversational ability is required for this course.


This is the first of a two part course series related to online learning and educational technology using the open edX content management system. Up to 20 students can enroll in this course. After completing the two course series, students who receive a grade of 80% or higher will have the basic skills required to be a TA in OEDO and be eligible for earning a Graduate Student Teaching Assistant - Developer certificate.

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