Design and Early Development of a MOOC on “Sustainability in Everyday Life”: Role of the Teachers
Book chapter, 2016

Universities all over the world have developed Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) to attract students and explore new ways of learning. The MOOC “Sustainability in Everyday Life” (SiEL) is currently in its design and early development stage at Chalmers University of Technology. It aims at developing the MOOC participant’s capacity to appreciate the complexity of sustainable everyday life by developing skills such as systems thinking and critical reflection on the information flow in public media. This paper aims at sharing first experiences regarding the design and early development of the SiEL MOOC and identifying the role(s) of the teachers and its features during the course design and early development based on these first experiences. An action research approach was used to reach these aims, and the teachers’ narratives about these first experiences were used as data source. Three distinct processes (pedagogical, production and interaction) and six roles (owners, teachers, learners, designers, developers and negotiators) were identified. The teachers’ roles and the processes and activities taking place during the design and early development are closely linked to each other and need to be carefully considered in order to guarantee a successful MOOC design and development process.

Teacher role

Massive open online course (MOOC)

Course design



Mathias Janssen

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Anna Nyström Claesson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Maria Lindqvist

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

New Developments in Engineering Education for Sustainable Development


Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories


Environmental Sciences

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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