We invite you to participate in the Fourth International Open Online Courses (OOC) contest EdCrunch Award OOC - 2018 !!!

The competition was initiated by the organizers of the International Conference on New Educational Technologies EdCrunch 2018.

The purpose of the Competition is to improve the quality of the education system, including technology enhanced online formal, nonformal and informal education, through the introduction of best practices in the use of e-learning and distance education technologies (EL and DET).

Detailed information and applications form are on the site http://edtek.pro/

Formally, the page for registering applications for the contest will be open until 23:00, September 20, 2018. But it is preferable to file a course as soon as possible - there will be much more chances to win !!!

Evaluation of courses will begin on July 30, so hurry!

Sponsors and founders of special nominations are invited.

For all additional questions, you can write to email: award@edcrunch.ru

#EdCrunchAward #EdCrunchAward2018

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Regulations on the open online courses (OOC) contest EdCrunch Award OOC - 2018

SECTION 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. The fourth International open online courses (OOC) contest EdCrunchAward OOC - 2018 (hereinafter - the Contest) was initiated by the organizers of the International Conference on New Educational Technologies EdCrunch

1.2. Goals and objectves. The Goals of the Contest is improving the quality of the education system, including formal, informal and nonformal education, through the introduction of best practices in the use of e-learning and distance education technologies (EL and DET)

1.3 Objectves of the Contest:

  • to identify the best practices for creating open online courses * (see Appendix 1) and introducing them into the educational process while implementing educational (training) programs, identifying the best courses from the consumer's point of view and from expert’s pont of view
  • to improve the quality of the education system, including formal, informal and nonformal education, through the introduction of best practices in the use of e-learning and distance education technologies (EL and DET);
  • to improvement of technologies and methods of online learning in the Russian as well in the International education system context;
  • improvement of scientific and methodological support of the educational process with the use of EL and DET;
  • identification and dissemination of best practices in the creation of open online courses and introduction into the educational process while implementing educational (training) programs;
  • to identify and dissemination of modern innovative educational technologies;
  • to identify and support of creative administrators, teachers, tutors and entrepreneurs;
  • providing an opportunity to enhance professional skills and skills for all stakeholders (methodologists, author-developers, producers, designers, etc.)

1.4. The contest is held in one stage without preliminary selection of the Contest participants.

Participants of the Contest can be both state and non-state educational organizations, commercial organizations, and individuals, incl. Freelancers, educators and  teachers of educational organizations of all types. There are no restrictions on age and employment history. The contest accepts courses that did not participate in the EdCrunch Award OOC of previous years. The course can take part in several nominations. The course description should clearly correspond to its presentation, the formal information will be checked at the stage of course selection. The contester should provide the required guest login and password for experts. Without providing access to the course it will not be accepted for the EdCrunch Award OOC contest

1.6 Materials are submitted for the contest through the official site of the contest 2018 http://edtek.pro . The information about past competitions can be found at site: http://www.courseon.info/edcrunch

1.7. The content of the material and its specific topic is determined by the Contestant at his/her discretion, based on the objectives of the Contest.

SECTION 2. ORGANIZERS OF THE COMPETITION

2.1. The founders and organizers of the Competition are:

NITU MISIS

Charitable Foundation "Rybakov Fond" http://rybakovfond.ru/

LLC "Courson" http://www.courseon.org/

(the list is replenished)

2.2. The organizers carry out the following functions:

  •  The formation of the Expert Council of the Contest
  •  information support of the Contest
  •  reception and processing of the Contest materials
  •  Presenting the competitive works for consideration to the Contest Expert Council
  •  awarding of the Contest winners

2.3. Organizers of the Contest provide:

  • Equal conditions for all Contest participants
  • Wide publicity of the Contest;
  • Preventing disclosure of information about the Contest results before the date of their official announcement

  2.4. Information partners of the contest are:

(the list is replenished)


SECTION 3. PROCEDURE AND TERMS OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS

3.1. Participation in the Contest is remote (online) and voluntary. The contest affects three levels of the education system (secondary, higher and vocational).

3.2. The contest is held in four nominations:

  • The best practice of creating open online courses
  • The best practice of implementing an online course in educational program
  • The best course from a consumer perspective
  • The best course from the expert’s point of view

3.3. The application form for the online application is on site http://edtek.pro/add/

In the online course data, a link to the resource for the actual OOC is indicated .

3.4. Key dates

The contest is held from June 20 to September 25, 2018:

June 22, 2018

the beginning of applications for the Contest

September 15, 2018

the end of the application for the Contest

Until September 20, 2018

Expert course quality evaluation in the distant mode by  the received applications consideration

September 25, 2018

Summing up and identifying the winners of the Contest

1-2 October 2018

awarding the winners of the Contest in the framework of the international conference on new educational technologies #EdCrunch

3.5. The terms of participation:

Participation in the Contest is free of charge. From each organization or individual, no more than 3 online courses can participate in the Contest. For the duration of the evaluation there should be access for experts to the online courses participating in the Contest.

The final stage of the Contest is the giving the diplomas and prizes (Moscow, during the EdCrunch 2018 forum). The organizing committee of the conference does not pay for the participants' trip to participate in the final stage of the contest.

Subject to the introduction of participation fee in the Contest and course activities, they are published before the applications are accepted on the forum site EdCrunch 2018.


SECTION 4. EXPERTISE OF COMPETITIVE WORKS

4.1. Experts select the Organizing Committee of the contest with the involvement of leading experts in the field of online learning. Experts are formed both from professionals in online courses creation - designers, producers, profile specialists, and from consumers, customers, employers and students of courses. For each nomination, an expert commission is formed from the relevant specialists. Each expert can participate in several expert commissions in different nominations.

Information about experts with a photo is published on the forum site EdCrunch 2018 http://2018.edcrunch.ru/ and on the back-end site of the contest http://edtek.pro

The status of the expert gives the right to participate free of charge in the events of the forum. Expertise of the online courses quality is conducted by an expert group (in the directions) approved by the organizing committee of the conference (hereinafter the organizing committee). Directions of the online courses quality evaluation are developed and approved by the organizing committee. The work of the expert group takes place as the applications are received. The competitive work is evaluated through the presentation of ratings in the quality sections and the average summation of the scores, averaging is done by the number of experts participating in the course evaluation. The Organizing Committee determines the minimum acceptable  number of experts that assesses a single course.

4.2. The results of the course evaluation without expert personal naming can be accessed by the Contest participants on request and in social networks.

4.3. The expert group reserves the right to reject the participation of the contestant if the contest material does not meet the requirements and criteria specified in the Regulation, and also contains plagiarism.

4.4. Publication of the results of the contest is open, carried out on the forum's website on the day of contest results announcement.


SECTION 5. AWARDS OF THE COMPETITION

5.1. Winners and prize-winners who took the second and third places of the Competition are awarded with diplomas.

Winners of the competition, who won first place in each direction (and other places on organiser’s decision), are awarded with a diploma and a cash prize in the amount determined by the organizers of the forum. Sponsors and participants of the forum have the right to award additional prizes of the Contest in their nominations. In this case, they award prizes in their own name.

5.2. Participants who have passed formal requirements for participation in the Competition are given certificates of the contestant.

SECTION 6. EVALUATION CRITERIA AND ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

6.1. Evaluation criteria and procedures for evaluating competitive open online courses (quality categories of open online courses) are published on social networks https://www.facebook.com/groups/CourseQuality/.

6.2. The sample categories for assessing the quality of online courses are as follows:

  • Quality of learning objectives, competences received and objectives of the course
  • The quality of the overview and introductory part of the course
  • The quality of course assessment and measurement of achievement results on the course
  • Quality of content and training materials
  • Quality of learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Technological quality of the course
  • Quality of student support and administration
  • Quality of accessibility, usability and design
  • Quality of course marketing
  • The quality of feedback on the assessment of the course itself

Expert commissions of the contest nominations can choose their categories for the online courses evaluation and add new categories that are reported publicly before the contest applications submission.

The categories of evaluation for each contest nomination may contain their own set of criteria for courses evaluation by agreement of the relevant expert commissions

The proposed categories for courses quality evaluation on the best practices of online courses creation:

  • New practices and methods of motivation, evaluation, types of learning activities
  • Quality of artistic design, graphics, production
  • Accessibility, understandability, usability

The proposed categories for courses quality evaluation on best practices for implementing online courses:

  • The quality of practice integration with full-time study programs
  • The quality of interaction on the course and the interaction of the administration with students
  • Quality of learning outcomes measurement

(the list is replenished)

6.3. Recommendations for courses evaluation in nominations can also be left to free voting by experts.

SECTION 7. EXPERT CATEGORIES AND CORRESPONDING QUALITY RUBRIC CATEGORIES

Below is a list of expert communities that can participate in assessing the quality of courses by the appropriate categories of quality rubric that they are recommended to assess

Expert categories:

Producers, creators of courses
Content Authors
Designers
Engineering teachers (pedagogical engineers)
Teachers
Tutors
Administrators in training
Specialists in the subject area, scientists in the subject
Students - learners
Consumers of student’s results - employers, universities, recruitment agencies
Customers (government officials, parents, community organizations)
Marketers, managers in education and educational business
Media specialists

Category of quality rubric recommended for evaluation by experts

  • Producers, creators of courses
  • Learning objectives, competences and objectives of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Technological quality
  • Quality of student support and administration
  • Accessibility and usability and design
  • Course Marketing
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of the course itself
  • Content Authors
  • Learning objectives, competences and objectives of the course
  • Overview and introductory part of the course
  • Content and training materials
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Designers
  • Technological quality
  • Quality of student support and administration
  • Accessibility and usability and design
  • Engineering teachers (pedagogical engineers)
  • The learning goal, the competences obtained and the objectives of the course
  • Overview and introductory part of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • The quality of student support and administration
  • Accessibility and usability and design
  • Teachers
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Content and training materials
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Tutors
  • The learning goal, the competences obtained and the objectives of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Content and training materials
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Quality of student support and administration
  • Administrators
  • Overview and introductory part of the course,
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • The quality of student support and administration
  • Course marketing
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of the course itself
  • Specialists in the subject area, scientists in the subject
  • Content and training materials
  • Students - students (recipients, consumers of courses)
  • The learning goal, the competences obtained and the objectives of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • Technological quality
  • The quality of student support and administration
  • Accessibility and usability and design
  • Course Marketing
  • Consumers of courses  results - employers, universities, recruitment agencies
  • The learning goal, the competences obtained and the objectives of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Customers (government officials, parents, community organizations)
  • The learning goal, the competences obtained and the objectives of the course
  • Evaluation and measurement of achievement of results on the course
  • Content and training materials
  • Learning activities on the course and interaction with students
  • The quality of student support and administration,
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of the course itself
  • Marketers, managers
  • Accessibility and usability and design,
  • Course Marketing
  • Mechanisms for assessing the quality of the course itself
  • Media specialists
  • Course Marketing

* Appendix 1 to the Regulations on the Contest


OOC is understood as any of the known types of online courses, the distinguishing features of which are the absence of restrictions on the number of course participants (although they can be organized into small groups according to the instruction or learning technology) and open access to the course, at least including its basic content.

Course - the learning process is usually understood as a unit (module), a specific component of a more wider educational program for a particular discipline (topic), the whole part of the prescribed studies, containing the curriculum. In a personalized learning course can be studied also out of the program limits and bounds.

The program and course are understood as the Teaching (learning) process - the subject activity or the planned/occasional process in the time of obtaining (transferring, pulling out) knowledge, skills, competencies through training, teaching, education, study, practice, research, self-education and other types of learning activity. Here the educational process differs from the teaching (educational) resources, a variety of educational materials that are repeatedly used to support learning, studying, teaching.

An online course is a course in which all training takes place using online communication technologies and that does not require a face-to-face offline meeting with the instructor.

To OOC for the purposes of this contest, we refer any of the following known OOC classification, including MOOC, excluding cMOOC (connectivist massive open online course) due to undefined technology of quality evaluation of such courses:

  • xMOOC (massive open online course - a massive open online course based on a commercial basis and traditional approach to online course developing)
  • BOOC (a big open online course - large OOC)
  • DOCC (distributed open collaborative course - distributed OOC)
  • LOOC (little open online course - small OOC)
  • MOOR (massive open online research - massive open online research)
  • SPOC (small, private, online courses - small private online course)
  • SMOC (synchronous massive open online courses).
  • mOOC (micro Open Online Course - open online microcourse)
  • SOOC (selective Open Online Course, open online course with selection)
  • ROOC (regional Open Online Course)
  • GROOC (group OOC - group open online course)
  • MOOC 4.0 (many-to-one - co-education with deep impact on each student)