Effectively deploying massive open online courses
What is a MOOC?
A Massive Open Online Course is exactly what it sounds like. This is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance and open access via the web. Customers can easily access latest content at a reduced cost through Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).
SuccessFactors Integration with MOOC:
The delivered SuccessFactors functionality allows a seamless integration with the MOOC websites through the Open Content Network (OCN), a functionality which is inbuilt with SuccessFactors. The Open Content Network partners with lynda.com, Coursera, Udacity, Open Sesame, and OpenHPI. The partner's catalogs comprising of varied courses can be made available within SuccessFactors, either via the catalogs, programs, and curriculum or can be assigned directly to the users by the admins or by supervisors.
MOOC Integration during a SuccessFactors Implementation:
To enable MOOC functionality, configure the selected partner in SuccessFactors LMS. As an example, here I have configured partner as "HPI Provider"
Navigation: System Admin > Configuration > System Configuration> Open Content Network
After enabling the selected partner, execute the APM (Automatic Process) "Open Content Network Content Synchronization". This pulls all the course references within Learning as external courses. The screenshots below elaborate the required steps.
Navigate as below in SuccessFactors Learning to execute the APM.
System admin > APM > Open Content Network Content Synchronization
Under Learning navigate to Search for the available courses: Learning>Content Network
You can assign the external courses to users as follows
- Directly assign the courses to the users
- Place the Courses in a catalog within Learning, so that users can self-assign them
- Place the Courses in a curriculum and assign to the respective users
When users launch an OCN course from their learning plan, they will be routed to the respective provider's site to take up the course, which is outside of SuccessFactors Learning.
Now that I have completed configuration of MOOC in SuccessFactors LMS, my Colleague Aylwin Jerome will be explaining in his blog, how we can assign these courses to users & they can complete it in SuccessFactors LMS.
Conclusion: Personally I have always believed in learning based on open content. Thus I believe MOOCs will bring a new perspective to traditional learning.