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Abstract

While many MOOCs modeled on traditional university curricula may be undertaken as sources of professional development, the University of Central Florida has released open courseware and a series of MOOCs specifically for the professional development of higher education faculty and designers preparing to design and teach blended learning courses. This article details experiences with offering multiple iterations of the BlendKit Course in order that others interested in professional development MOOCs may benefit from the authors' successes and lessons learned. The article addresses: background influences on the design of the BlendKit Course; the evolution of the BlendKit Course from its initial design through past offerings to potential future developments; lessons learned from evidence-based practices implemented within each iteration; and recommendations to others who wish to offer MOOC-based professional development unrelated to traditional university curricula.

Keywords

MOOC, cMOOC, xMOOC, professional development

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