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Abstract: Context: Like the dog that caught a bus, when we caught a MOOC we wondered what to do with it. We decided to invite people to develop 'Engineers' Eyes' through learning basic engineering mechanics. MOOC participants come from a love of a topic or interest in it, but they have other competing interests. They sign on at the click of a mouse, and can just as easily bail out. We had to make our offering interesting. We aimed for friendly, authoritative and fun.

Purpose: We wanted to find out about MOOCs from the inside, and see how they could be used, for example for promotional material, or as a part of blended learning.

Approach: Although we looked briefly at other MOOCs, we minimised constraints in the creation process and followed where our own thinking led. We assumed that participants would also follow their interests and not be looking for a qualification - "a piece of paper". We would like people to stay in our course, but if they discontinued there was no thought of failure on either side. This provided a wonderful lightness of spirit.

Results: As we finalise this paper we have almost finished the second offering of our MOOC. We have analysed student responses to the first run and they are positive, but there is always room for improvement and we made changes accordingly. We have yet to analyse student responses to the second run, but at first glance it seems that our changes have been well received.

Conclusions: Our MOOC has been hard work, exciting, instructive, and an insight into the globalisation of learning. It looks good at present, but time will tell. But we have done it and have much experience from practice to share with the educational community on what it is like and how we plan to improve it.

To cite this article: Ford, Robin; Vigentini, Lorenzo; Vulic, John; Chitsaz, Mahsa and Prusty, BGangadhara. Through engineers' eyes: A MOOC experiment [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 654-663. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=697784584873929;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 28 May 17].

Personal Author: Ford, Robin; Vigentini, Lorenzo; Vulic, John; Chitsaz, Mahsa; Prusty, BGangadhara; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 654-663. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: MOOCs (Web-based instruction); Mechanical engineering--Study and teaching; Engineering students; Learning strategies; Database management; Feedback (Psychology); Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
(2) Portfolio of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), and School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia
(3) School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia
(4) School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia
(5) School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, email: G.Prusty@unsw.edu.au

Database: Engineering Collection