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Team MOOC’s unofficial mascot (course fellow Travis’s beautiful daughter Sinem) now has some shiny new edX duds to show her enthusiasm for learning. Thanks, edX!

documenting the MOOC: early figures

Well, it’s documentation time here at the KIE, and we’ve gotten our first batch of numbers from the crack team at Georgetown’s CNDLS helping us with in-course analytics.

According to these early figures,

» enrollment topped out just over 32,000 while the course was live, with numbers still climbing as the course rolls on in audit mode;

» more than half of participants were female, an oddity in the male-dominated world of MOOCs;

» nearly one third of those who responded in our pre-course survey had advanced degrees in medicine or research science.

There are many more insights to come, but important lessons are already emerging for the core MOOC team as we reconsider what shape Intro to Bioethics 2.0 might take.

we found a new blog friend!

The HarvardX: Project Developer Blog details the production process for MOOCs coming out of Fair Harvard, a project with much the same spirit as our own humble blog here. Check it out!

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got bioethics?
You asked for it, we found a way! Last call for swag from our 2014 launch — mugs, buttons, T-shirts — that lets you share your bioethics ♥ with the world.
Have you checked it out yet? This MOOC participant did!

got bioethics?

You asked for it, we found a way! Last call for swag from our 2014 launch — mugs, buttons, T-shirts — that lets you share your bioethics  with the world.

Have you checked it out yet? This MOOC participant did!

it’s documentation time.

After a fantastic IBC, a festive course close, and a well-deserved week off, Team MOOC is back in the saddle with a new mission: data analysis.

The beauty of the MOOC, from an analytics perspective, is right there in the first letter: this was a massive course.

This means we have a lot of data from in-course interactions, plus qualitative and quantitative data from pre-course and end-of-course surveys, on hand already.

Today, our analytics team had a kick-off meeting designed to move forward on analysis of this and other data, plus gathering more via focus groups and individual interviews.

More to come soon on this next, exciting step of the grand MOOC experiment.

Congratulations again to our amazing, vibrant, vocal, and engaged global classroom of 28,000 students, certificate-earners and auditors alike! We’re so honored to have been on this journey with you.
All certificates have been generated and the course will continue now in audit mode until the next iteration of the course.

Congratulations again to our amazing, vibrant, vocal, and engaged global classroom of 28,000 students, certificate-earners and auditors alike! We’re so honored to have been on this journey with you.

All certificates have been generated and the course will continue now in audit mode until the next iteration of the course.

"An excellent opportunity for learning about different topics in Bioethics. I would like to make an exchange at the KIE to learn more about bioethics via research this summer. Greetings from Colombia!"

Introduction to Philosophy student Luis, on Facebook

"Dear all staff and faculty of PHLX101-01, This message comes from a student and future researcher… Much more thought is required from all of the world on the issues introduced in this course, and all of the faculty involved in creating the MOOC have seeded the minds of thousands. From the depths of my youthful, idealist heart, I thank you all. P.S. I might even seek a minor in philosophy now."

PHLX101-01 student, on Reddit

Tomorrow is the last day the course is open for those wishing to earn a certificate — are you done yet?

Tomorrow is the last day the course is open for those wishing to earn a certificate — are you done yet?

This MOOC student gave feedback directly to one of our course fellows… you can do the same via our end-of-course survey.
Just 10 minutes of your time can help us make the MOOC even better next time!

This MOOC student gave feedback directly to one of our course fellows… you can do the same via our end-of-course survey.

Just 10 minutes of your time can help us make the MOOC even better next time!

"Excellent course. A lot of work has been put into it and you see it from Day 1."

errequere, Introduction to Bioethics participant, on our Coursetalk review page (5-star review!)

Certificates will be generated by edX starting on Monday, June 16th. The course officially closes on June 15th—the day after tomorrow!
Our MOOC will continue to run in “audit” or “self-paced” mode for the duration of the summer, at which point some materials will be taken down as per the terms of our copyright agreement with certain third-party content owners. The rest of the material will remain live and accessible until the next iteration of the course.
Thanks for a wonderful journey!

Certificates will be generated by edX starting on Monday, June 16th. The course officially closes on June 15th—the day after tomorrow!

Our MOOC will continue to run in “audit” or “self-paced” mode for the duration of the summer, at which point some materials will be taken down as per the terms of our copyright agreement with certain third-party content owners. The rest of the material will remain live and accessible until the next iteration of the course.

Thanks for a wonderful journey!

"The Georgetown Introduction to bioethics was perfect. What I liked was that your course did not just teach ethics it encouraged us to be ethical persons, with the discussions, examples and activities. That is so important, because ethics cannot remain theory it has to move into ethical thinking and action. Thank you."

Astrid, Introduction to Bioethics participant, on our Coursetalk review page

3 days until certificates are generated, 2 days until the course closes.
» Need a caffeine boost? Check out our MOOC mugs.
» Need an altruism boost? Take our end-of-course survey.
» Need a fresh air boost? Shut your computer and go outside to play!

3 days until certificates are generated, 2 days until the course closes.

» Need a caffeine boost? Check out our MOOC mugs.

» Need an altruism boost? Take our end-of-course survey.

» Need a fresh air boost? Shut your computer and go outside to play!

MOOC mugs have arrived!

» here on Team MOOC, we are pretty into our caffeine

Travis: coffee, home brewed; out of his personal (tall) thermos
Kelly: tea, double-brewed, often iced, any kind; rarely seen without
Maggie: coffee, institute brewed; fond of leaving half-drunk cups in Kelly’s office

» so when the MOOC launched, of course we celebrated with some commemorative mugs

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» people were surprisingly into the mugs

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» we’d only ordered enough mugs for our “we made the MOOC” team, so we didn’t have any to give away … especially not to a global audience

Besides, our students weren’t MOOC makers, they were MOOC takers. Didn’t they deserve their own mugs?

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» so we decided to find a way

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University is a bioethics think tank and research center—not a mug production facility.

Our original mugs were a print-on-demand order from Zazzle.com, whose labor and environmental practices meet our pretty high standards as an ethics institute. Luckily, Zazzle allows individuals or institutions to list their custom products for purchase by others—so MOOC students can purchase the very same mugs we do, right from the source.

» now the mugs are available to anyone in the world who wants to purchase them

The mugs are available in the original XL size (15 oz), and a smaller size (11 oz) for the less caffeine-ambitious. Zazzle is a US-based company, but can ship nearly anywhere in the world: view a complete list of international shipping destinations.

» but we didn’t stop with just mugs

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We made available a few other items that have a special meaning or history for the KIE and our MOOC team.

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So, if you’re interested—check it out!

read on for frequently-asked questions…

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