Monthly Archives: June 2016

CrystalMOOC goes YouTube

Dear friends,

we decided that we will make our course “The Fascination of Crystals and Symmetry”, which ran twice as a MOOC at the iversity platform, publicly available in the near future.

This MOOC was a great experience for us. And carrying out this course as a MOOC has indeed several advantages, for instance, the defined time window in which the students can learn more or less synchronously and together, the availability of a discussion forum and the ease to integrate and organize several additional materials like quizzes, articles for further reading etc.

However, there are also several disadvantages. Probably, the most obvious one is that the access to the lecture materials is restricted to the students who have been enrolled in this course at the run time. But in addition it is also very demanding, and, of course, time consuming for us as the instructors, because it was always our intention to be responsive teachers.

Currently, we are adopting the screencast videos (removing/updating links etc.) and use this opportunity to eliminate some surprisingly resistant errors 🙂 We will then upload the videos to a YouTube channel. The new base for some of the additional material will be this website.

We will announce further details soon, so stay tuned!

All the best

Frank & Michael