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October 22, 2013

cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences
Jenny Mackness, October 22, 2013

Nice post by Jenny Mackness outlining major differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCx. What's good about this post si that it is based on successful experience learning in both forms of MOOC. "cMOOCs promote diversity, the kind of diversity that comes with a mesh network. xMOOCs encourage a huge diversity of participants, but in cMOOC terms diversity is more than broadcasting the same message to thousands of people, i.e. the model of a centralized network. It involves diversity of approach and resources, i.e. participants are involved in determining the approach and creating the resources.È

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Stephen Downes
Jonathan Haber, Degree of Freedom, October 22, 2013

Glowing coverage that leaves me stubbing my to into the ground and mumbling "aw shucks." Jonathan Haber writes, "To watch Downes in action (as I did last weekend when he talked about The Habits of Effective Connected Learners) is to see the connectivist approach to education made real.  For despite his well-earned reputation as a sage, his teaching is anything but one-way." Like I said...

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Early Analysis Shows MOOCs Struggle With Engagement
Mirabel Shanny, Education News, October 22, 2013


According to this article, "Although Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are fast becoming a popular option for students worldwide, the medium faces several challenges along the way to realizing its full potential. According to completion statistics, more than 90 percent of students who enroll in a MOOC drop out, as many feel isolated, disengaged or just lose interest." That's why the creation of a network is so important when creating a MOOC. You can't hold everyone's hand - but they can hold each other's.

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Connection is about Creating Relationships
Cathleen Nardi, Exploring Digital Culture, October 22, 2013

"If you are still part of #CICMOOC," says Cathleen Nardi, "it is probably because you are part of a team that keeps you going. That is certainly true for me." And that speaks to one important aspect of MOOCs mentioned by Dave Cormier in his 'Success in a MOOC' video. "At every setback (survey issues, backlash from BadAss Teacher network, and slow response), we receive another supporter that propels us to move forward."

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Unattributed, Giphy, October 22, 2013

Search all the gifs. Yes, it's that simple.

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