Saturday, 26 October 2013

Can I create a MOOC?

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are becoming fashionable.

I can put an online course on my website and make it available to all free of charge.

Is that a MOOC?

Unlikely, because it might be found and accessed by a small number of people ... but that does not make it 'massive'.

The essential attribute of a true MOOC is that lots of students take it at the same time and create a large (massive) peer support network. Learning takes place as much through student interaction as it does from the content.

So, unless I have what it takes (the right name, mostly) to attract large numbers of simultaneous learners, I can't create a MOOC!

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