A series by Edtech Dojo.
A series by Edtech Dojo.
I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and explain what a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is. Tons of people are trying to explain this “new” trend.
While I think most of the craze around MOOCs is the fact that some big institutions are offering interactive versions of their courses with recorded slides and video lectures, the what makes a MOOC engaging is what makes any sort of eLearning or Learning without the “e” engaging: clear objectives, connectedness, knowledge/skill transfer optimization, fun (why not?), scaffolding… all those words you threw around in grad school.
So, whether you’re designing a MOOC or any type of learning experience, forget the term, design it thinking of your audience and objectives that will help them acquire skills and knowledge they can actually USE.
The technology is an enabler, not a driver.
What is a MOOC?
Massive Open Online Course (Wikipedia)
MOOC Guide (Wikispaces)
Massive Open Online Course (references from Educause)
MOOC Advisor (blog and resources about MOOCs)
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Several universities world-wide have made their courseware available in different formats over the years. A very popular format is that of podcasts on iTunesU or video lectures on Youtube. See, for instance, this broad list of “free courseware” offerings by major universities. Yale, for example, has made several past lectures available on their Open Yale website. The Open University lets students try course materials for free on their OpenLearn resources page, which. Often, these courses are nothing but pre-recorded videos and audio elements (not full interactive courses) made public by the universities as a form of community outreach (which is already great, don’t get me wrong).
However, Stanford University is blazing trails for open online courseware. Anyone (as long as they understand the recommended prerequisites)can sign up to take some of their courses online, free of charge in the Spring semester of 2012. The courses will consist of live lectures (which can also be see later in an archive), quizzes, and forums in which online students can ask questions.
The current Spring 2012 semester offerings include courses on an eclectic variety subjects ranging from Computer Science to Game Theory, from Anatomy to Linguistics:
Computer Science 101
by Nick Parlante
Software Engineering for Software as a Service (SAAS)
by Armando Fox and David Patterson
by Matthew O. Jackson and Yoav Shoham
Natural Language processing
by Dan Jurafsky and Christopher Manning
Probabilistic Graphical Models
by Daphne Koller
by Scott Klemmer
by Andrew Ng
by Chuck Eesley
The Lean Launchpad
by Steve Blank
by Professor Dan Boneh
by Tsachy (Itschak) Weissman
by Dr. Sakti Sirivastava
Design and Analysis of Algorithms I
by Tim Roughgarden
Making Green Buildings
by Professor Martin Fischer
List adapted from The Rohan Aurora blog.