Q&A – Questions & Answers
What is a MOOC?
- MOOCs are a digital learning tool originally from the USA, that stands for Massive Open Online Courses. The first MOOCs were created in the early 2000s and used by major American universities, quickly gaining popularity thanks to captivating features such as innovative communication techniques (videos, webinars and podcasts), collaborative work between learners using forums, chats and wikis and an expansive process for monitoring and checking knowledge acquisition via self-assessment or peer assessment. A MOOC lasts for a predefined period, often several weeks, bringing together a community of learners from around the world. Concretely, each user registers on a dedicated website, granting him/her access to the course: video contents, additional resources and a forum. The whole of it is available over a period of various months.
- The idea of the MOOC was developed in 2016 as part of the IN SITU ACT programme. The European IN SITU network was looking for tools to disseminate and promote art in public space. FAI-AR, Europe’s sole higher education training programme on art in public space has been developing its teaching and learning experience in this field since 2002. The school offered to develop this innovative tool to harness its expertise and disseminate it worldwide. This gave rise to the “Create in Public Space” project, a bilingual (French/English) learning platform that is free to use and will give participants the tools and inspiration to express their art in public space.
- Create in Public Space presents contemporary creation in public space by providing an overview of this hybrid, prolific sector through numerous examples. It obviously cannot presume to teach how to create in public space, but instead points out what makes creation in public space unique.
- All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Video quality will be automatically adjusted to the speed of your internet. The course is optimized for a connection with the last versions of Firefox, Mozilla and Google Chrome.
- When you sign up to the course, the language you select when filling in the form will be taken as your preferred language for the MOOC. Once you have completed registration, you will no longer be able to switch between the French and English versions of the course. When you sign up, make sure you use the language you would prefer to have for the course. However, if you want to switch language while studying the course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- To register, simply create your profile with your email address on www.createinpublicspace.com and follow the instructions!
Registration is possible until the last opening day of the MOOC but after your registration, you will have access to all contents without time limit.
- As well as lessons, you will be given various activities to complete, to assess your understanding and aid your learning. These may be automated quizzes, assignments to complete or personal pieces of work that will receive comments on the forum. The idea is to go and try out some of the concepts you have learned – in public space!
You will receive an achievement badge for every week you complete.
Students that complete the entire MOOC will receive an achievement certificate at the end of the course.
- No, Create in Public Space does not lead to an official qualification. However, you will receive an achievement badge for every week of lessons you complete. Once you have received the 4 badges for the four weeks of lessons, you will be able to download your achievement certification, which shows that you have fully and properly completed the course.
- The courses are gradually put online from the opening date, at the rate of one chapter per week. It is strongly recommended to follow the MOOC during this period, to interact with the learners’ community. The course then remains fully accessible without time limite.
- The course has been designed to provide a progressive learning experience. You are therefore advised to follow the lessons in the official order – but this is not mandatory.
- Yes. Every week, you can download:
– A summary of the week’s lessons
– The transcript of all lessons
– A list of all artistic projects mentioned in the course
- This site is moderated by the FAI-AR team. If you have any technical issues, please write to us at email@example.com.
- It is totally possible to use the MOOC with a group of students, but the activities must be adapted for group work. We can help you to constitue your work group. If you want more information on this initiative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.