From September 2019 to June 2020, several thousand users followed this MOOC, forming an invisible community of interest around creation in public space. Who are they? How did they follow Create in public space? What did they get out of it?
A few figures
6400 people have created a user account, from 126 countries: audiences cover all 5 continents!
Learners are mostly women (73% female).
They are between 12 and 80 years old, with an average age of 38.
This is a sectorial public, since 40% are artists, 36% are cultural professionals, and 10% are art students.
Of the total number of users, 1400 have actually taken the course. Among them, 440, representing 32%, obtained the final certificate of success, issued for at least 90% of completion.
"It's amazing how the course structure manage to cover both the theoretical and the practical steps. I learned a lot from the content structure alone already. And it's great to see this meta level of reflection/organized discussion of various aspects, while listening to the working process of the practitioners in the interviews. Great efforts, thank you very much."
« I learnt a phenomenal amount and that was wonderful! »
« Globalement, une bonne alchimie. C'était agréable la contextualisation fréquente des notions abordées. »
« Les interviews étaient la plupart du temps très intéressantes. Les vidéos très très pertinentes. Pour les exercices je ne les ai pas complétés car ils étaient parfois un peu longs. Mais j'ai conservé les grilles d'évaluation pour usage futur. »
« Merci pour ce travail en accès gratuit. Cela m'a permis de me mettre à jour et j'ai découvert quelque artiste inconnu au bataillon pour moi. »
« J'aimerais beaucoup une suite à votre MOOC, il se démarque de beaucoup d'autres cours en ligne par la qualité de sa construction. [...] Je vous remercie avec une grande sincérité pour ce MOOC qui je l'espère, m'aura beaucoup enrichie, et plus encore ouvert mon regard sur la profondeur et le professionnalisme des acteurs de la création dans l'espace public. Bravo, vraiment ! »
"Le confinement m'a permis de chercher des formes alternatives de théâtre dans la rue et/ou dans l'espace public. Je trouve ce MOOC formidable et le fait de se croiser et de réfléchir ensemble également."
« Just finished the course and truly loved it. »
Different modes of consultation
The vast majority of users have followed the MOOC individually, but several organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain chose to organize working groups around it, for a total audience of about 300 people.
They experimented several formats:
- Weekly discussion groups to prolong the reflection after individual viewing of the contents.
- Collective viewing, conducting group exercises and debates
- Practical workshops for discussion and reflection, built on the concepts and references covered in the course
“ I think there is definitely something to be gained from that contact and peer discussion. Of course, that also requires a defined format, it requires people to commit to a particular timing, it requires people to commit to traveling to a particular location, and so I think there is a balance between the practical demands that makes on individuals, and the benefits gains, but I think there are definitely benefits to be gained.”
« Je pense qu’on apprend beaucoup plus, même de soi-même, quand on est en groupe et qu’on réfléchit à voix haute »
“The people from the study group really enjoyed having a window into a wider landscape of artists making work across Europe. They enjoyed the idea that what they were doing was part of an established practice. They really enjoyed the opportunity to think about the different contexts and ideas that were being presented.”
« Knowing that some MOOCs in the past had have drop off, we wanted to try and engage people but also offer a place that they could have peer to peer support and also peer to peer support. »
« It was great to have these discussions in a groupe as well because… it bring it to life! »
MOOC as a complement to training interventions
At FAI-AR, we also use the MOOC in addition to specific training courses: for example, students in applied dramaturgy course view the MOOC before they come. They thus acquire common references and vocabulary which then allow them to go further during the training.
We offer many specialized internships in the fields of creation in public space: new dramaturgies of the arts in public space, technical production in public space, vertical dance, acting in the city, special effects, elaboration and construction of models… these training courses can be adapted to a specific demand, and can be articulated with the follow-up of the MOOC Create in public space. They can take place in French or in English, in Marseille or in your premises.
A forthcoming evaluation report
In order to evaluate the results of Create in public space and its reception by users, a qualitative survey parallel to the quantitative survey is being carried out. This evaluation work, which includes online forms shared with users and a series of targeted qualitative interviews, will result in a public report to be published on this page shortly.