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).