I am new to MOOCs and am coming up to speed on all the lingo…cMOOC, xMOOC, etc. I found this blog post by Sarah Roegiers helpful.
Another interesting resource is the Business+MOOCs Google+ hangout recording from February 27, 2013 hosted by Jay Cross. It included a panel of MOOC / online community experts: George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, Jerry Michalski, Mark Finnern, Terri Griffith and Lal Jones-Bey.
It is a good season for “MOOCs”, Massive Open Online Courses, and you can spot several of them in full action. But the term “MOOC” has come to cover a range of wildly different kinds of ehm… learning events. Indeed, for some of these, “course”, might be the wrong word.
It will probably not be long before we will start to use different words for different kinds of MOOCs.
In 2008, the term MOOC was coined to describe courses that were experimenting with the connectivist take on learning.
Later, the term was applied to free courses that were instuctor-led and structured around canned lectures and one course platform, but the need was felt to distinguish between the merely “free” courses and the courses with distributed contents, and matching leaner-centered approaches to the organization of the course. In came the distinction between cMOOC and xMOOC. But that good vs. bad model is…
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