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MOOC – What Is It?

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?

The MOOC Guide

Massive Open Online Course (Wikipedia)

MOOC Guide (Wikispaces)

MOOC.ca Providers List

Massive Open Online Course (references from Educause)

MOOC Advisor (blog and resources about MOOCs)


To learn more about how to design a MOOC the most effectively, consider earning an instructional technology masters degree.


Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-09-27 11:57:28). MOOC - What Is It?. Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 17, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/09/27/mooc-what-is-it/

Trends in Educational Technology (eLearning Trends INFOGRAPHIC)

I know, too many buzzwords flying around. So, how do you keep up with all the terminology and make sure you’re not missing out on trends that *might* have a positive impact in your learning programs or personal learning experiences? Answer: keep up with resources such as this cheat sheet for Educational Technology Trends compiled by the people at Boundless in infographic form:


Educational Technology Trends Cheat Sheet

Learn about some of the latest trends in eLearning, in one infographic by @GoBoundless

Source article from LearnDash.

Cite this article:
Silva E (2013-08-07 10:52:03). Trends in Educational Technology (eLearning Trends INFOGRAPHIC). Enzo Silva blog. Retrieved: Apr 17, 2014, from http://enzosilva.com/blog/2013/08/07/trends-in-educational-technology-elearning-trends-infographic/

Free Full Online Courses by Stanford University – Spring 2012

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


Game Theory
by Matthew O. Jackson and Yoav Shoham


Natural Language processing
by Dan Jurafsky and Christopher Manning


Probabilistic Graphical Models
by Daphne Koller


Human-Computer interfaces
by Scott Klemmer


Machine Learning
by Andrew Ng


Technology Entrepreneurship
by Chuck Eesley


The Lean Launchpad
by Steve Blank


by Professor Dan Boneh


Information Theory
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.

Is HTML5 the Future of eLearning?

In the past few years we have seen the rise of the Apple (iPhone/iPod/iPad)  vs. Adobe (Flash) wars. For many reasons (that I don’t agree with), Apple doesn’t seem to want Flash to be enabled in their mobile devices even though many websites rely on the technology to deliver interactive experiences.

Accessibility (for users with disabilities) is also a challenge when using Flash to create interactions in websites in general and in eLearning courses.

HTML5 seems to solve some of these problems by allowing universal access to interactive screens that you would normally see only in Flash. See these HTML5 interactions by Remy Sharp.

Now, a simple question (maybe not so): are eLearning professionals going to embrace HTML5 and wean from Flash altogether?

eLearning Project Management – a Quick Video Overview

This is a well done short video overview of elements of project management geared toward eLearning projects.

Simple and straight to the point…

(by Facilitador eLearning Solutions)

Open eLearning Collections

Here is a list from WikiEducator.org that might interest many people. It includes many websites and organizations (such as MERLOT) that offer open eLearning content on the Web.



Excellent Post on the State of eLearning

Ok, I love posting my own thoughts here, but sometimes things can sound redundant with all the great posts out there. So I prefer to post some of that information here, as my own information repository.

This is a post on the state of eLearning and things we need to consider when creating learning experiences. What I like about this post is that the author also links to some other relevant posts and images. There is a link to a post criticizing Gagne and his “commandments” in a present-day perspective. Worth reading:




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