Tag Archives: mooc

Jim Groom and the DS106 Interview

Jim Groom has posted his response to a series of questions given to him by a student in the UK. From the interview:

And the take away? None of this would have happened if the course wasn’t open and the networks weren’t in place.

University Prep MOOC

Dave Cormier has a new post announcing a Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) for university preparation. From the post:

If you’ve participated in one of our open courses before, it will be similar, with a bit more structure built in. We’re currently working with a number of folks to try and stitch together analytics for participants in a course so that they a student can track their own participation and compare it to others.

Thanks to Stephen Downes for the link.

“Marketing” a MOOC

Leigh Blackall has a new post discussing marketing in online courses, including open courses such as Jim Groom’s ds106. From the post:

Jim markets himself and his teaching with a self mocking invitation to engage, a sophisticated handling of media and message based on cinema industry symbolism, and drawing on a loyal “fan base” who share in the vision and help with the marketing because its fun.

Finding MOOC

Alan Levine has a new post about finding MOOCs and teaching locally. From the post:

Is there a list? a Directory? Is it moving to fast to know them all in your head? That would be a good sign to me.

MOOCs as Research

George Siemens has a new post defening Massive Open Online Courses as research. From the post:

What’s happening with open courses (MOOCs)? Essentially, we’re in a period of research. Together with course participants, we are generating data – we are trying to make sense of phenomena. In a traditional research setting, a researcher doesn’t ask practical or application questions when trying to understand “what something is”.

Also, Alan Levine has a new post discussing each part of the MOOC acronym.

The Problem with the C in MOOC

Jenny Mackness has a new post discussing why Massive Open Online Courses should not be thought of as courses at all. From the post:

The principles on which it is based – autonomy, diversity, connectedness and openness cannot be reconciled with a course. Why? Because a course implies assessment. As soon assessment enters the equation, then autonomy – the key principle of connectivism – is lost.

Link and commentary by Stephen Downes.

Videos on MOOCs

Stephen Downes has posted links to videos by Dave Cormier about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

MOOC Engagement

Steve LeBlanc has a new post discussing issues behind participation in Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC). From the post:

In a MOOC, you are encouraged to take a whole new approach to learning. You are asked to step up and create your own flight path, your own adventure. To where you ask? Well, that’s part of the challenge.

Link and commentary by Stephen Downes.

Thoughts on PLENK2010 Starting

George Siemens has a new post on his thoughts about open courses. From the post:

Give it a few more years and you’ll be able to access “click-button” hosted open courses, stripping away the technical constraints that currently exist.

Scaling MOOCs

Robert Cosgrave has a new post questioning whether massively open online courses (MOOCs) can scale. Stephen Downes replies in the comments and on his own post. From Cosgrave’s post:

A core part of the concept of a MOOC is peer to peer learning, through dialogue. But it’s a dialogue between 2000 people who all know a little bit about the topic, with the course leaders piping in from time to time. It’s as likely to confuse as enlighten.