There are lots of really cool things I did in my course with Coursera.org. Many of the things (rubrics) seemed almost exactly like Moodle, but other things perhaps could be considered for Moodle (even if there aren't thousands of students or millions of $ invested):
- Anonymous peer-grading was very interesting. We all had rubrics on the assignments, and grading had to be done according to them. To get credit for an assignment, we had to grade 4 of our peers. The grade was the average of all the peers' grades. Evaluation was double-blind.
- Much of the web site's ("static pages") content was on a wiki, so probably easier to configure than through traditional Moodle, but perhaps not backed up as an instance of a course. Students could contribute to wiki sections, and that was cool (people contributed bibliographies of related stuff for courses, indices of hyperlinks in videos, subtitles in different languages, etc.)
- When you post in forums, you are automatically subscribed to the THREAD and not the whole forum
- Despite being a software design (coding!) course, there were essay questions based on Bloom's taxonomy. Very interesting!
In short, I have a new appreciation of how I could use Moodle in my classes now that I went through the MOOC as a student.
Does anyone know if Coursera used Moodle code in its product? Many of the features seem very similar (especially online quizzes).