Week Six: GAME ON!

This week, we are finalizing the “big picture” and sequence of the MOOC. In order to give people time to prepare to participate and to consider signing up, we have to start advertising VERY soon. We need both a paper flier (for the School of Ed Faculty to distribute) and a web page (with registration for sign up).

We also need a marketing plan which can include all of us. But this can be done at the end of the week, after we have done everything else. I am sure Lindsey has ideas about this.

Here are the immediate tasks for the week:

1. Determine teacher responsibilities and set out the timeline for teachers. 

I have set forth a projected amount of time for student work, teacher prep, and teacher assessment. I am thinking that “leveling up” happens in the rubric. I am thinking that individual student supervision and assessment happens through the classroom teacher, and that our role is to set up and organize the experience, supervise it (at a very high level) and that the teacher role is to do the individual assessment of students and report this back to us. Ultimately we’ll need a way to report this back to us so teachers know what they need to do each week. We could use Survey Monkey, or we could just have them submit spreadsheets to us. We only need the student scores so that we can A. provide teachers with the badges to send to the students (or print and display in the classroom and B. ultimately analyze this data to determine the effectiveness of this experience. So it would look something like this:

Prior to Week Zero: Assign the Giver for reading to students

Monday – Friday Week Zero: Distribute, explain, and collect student agreements for appropriate conduct in the MOOC, attend a Handshake Meeting, insure all students have email addresses and have read the text, indicate the best time for your students to be in Minecraft, download and test the Minecraft Client for each computer. Allow students one hour to practice in the orientation experience within Minecraft, during your assigned time.

Monday – Friday Week One: Review the task with students. During your assigned time, allow students to work on the task in groups of two to three students each. Encourage students to take screenshots to document those things they have built as they are building them. On Friday, allot an additional hour for students to demonstrate their learning on the Wiki. Assist students in inserting the screenshots they have taken, and in narrating why they built the structures they built. Revisit the criteria for each badge with students.

Over the weekend: Week One? Score student papers according to the rubric. Send the spreadsheet to the contact coordinator indicating at what level each student scored. Badges will be provided to you on Monday to distribute to your students. You may choose to distribute these digitally, or to print them out.


2. Determine the “storyline” and flow of the MOOC. 

Again, we don’t have to have everything in place. We just need the storyline (the scenarios for each week) and the flow (what will students do each week)?

3. Create the rubrics for leveling up aligned with the standards. 

This will be important to credibility of the MOOC. Teachers need to know what standards these experiences meet, and their assessment responsibilities in order to know if it is worth their while to sign up for the MOOC.

4. Finalize the timeline

We can finalize our timeline and the individual(s) responsible for each aspect. Then, our meetings will be able to go much more smoothly.


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