Facilitation and organization

A MOOC is more of a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange or learning method, which means you do not necessarily have to have one or more facilitators. You can opt for a MOOC in which all participants have equal roles.

However you can also opt to appoint or attract facilitators that help guide the MOOC.
In order to organize a MOOC one must have a topic or if you have a learner audience which you know, you could even ask them to come up with a topic to organize a MOOC on. Once a topic is chosen facilitators can be chosen based on their expertise and availability.
To make your MOOC attractive to potential participants, it is also a good idea to gather strong facilitators who really know the topic at hand, or to select those peers from the group (if you go for a MOOC without specific facilitators) that are experts in their field. The content or the strength of the knowledge that can be exchanged makes or breaks a MOOC.

The overall facilitator or coordinator
An overall facilitator or coordinator can function as the glue of a course. This overall course facilitator is ideally someone with content expertise, but who is also communicative and knowledgeable about using the online tools that were chosen. This way she or he can help out whenever necessary and also add relevant content if needed.

Topic facilitators
Depending on the subject of the MOOC, you might want to opt for subtopics that are guided from the side by facilitators specialized in these topics. If you do gather different facilitators, make sure you all get on the same track. Here is a list of 5 things that will be helpful:
  1. Make sure all the facilitators know for which topic they are responsible
  2. Sit together with the facilitators before setting up the MOOC agenda
  3. Go through the online tools with the facilitators to ensure they know the affordances of the online tools
  4. Pinpoint synchronous sessions (ideally in different time-zones, allowing people from around the world to attend without them having to wake up during the middle of the night)
  5. Make sure everyone knows what is expected of their facilitator role