Becoming MOOC

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Moodle MOOC posts

An excellent article by Stephen Downes explaining the logic of cMOOCs – http://halfanhour.blogspot.ca/2015/02/becoming-mooc.html

«There are two types of MOOCs. On the one hand, there is the xMOOC – this is a formal course created in a site like Coursera or EdX. An xMOOC will have regular lessons, videos and assignments, be led by an elite university professor, and attract a large online audience. These are the MOOCs that have received most of the attention in recent years and have generally shaped people’s impressions. But there’s another type of MOOC, called the cMOOC, which is based on connection rather than content, which looks more like an online community than a course, and doesn’t have a defined curriculum or formal assignments. These were the original MOOCs, and they posed a much greater challenge to both the educational institutions that offered them and the participants who studied in them.

What sort of literacy would be appropriate in a cMOOC? Two major types of literacies suggest themselves: 21st century literacies, and digital literacies.

Three major types of skills are identified: exploring, building and connecting. The first describes how to find your way about the chaotic environment and even to make sense of it for yourself. The second examines traditional and new forms of content creation, including authoring and art, in a digital media environment. And the third addresses the previously under-represented function of sociality and connection. Taken together, these three literacies can be seen as a way for individuals to manage cognitive load for themselves, to adapt the task of making sense of the web to their own skill level, and therefore to manage even in an environment that is not well designed.»

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