Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'
Jul 20, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As a terminology update, I am now referring to the MOOCs offered by Coursera, Udemy and MITx (among others) as xMOOCs, to be compared with cMOOCs, which is what we offer in our connectivist classes. This article compares the emergence of xMOOCs with the model previously established by cMOOCs. While they have differing approaches, both types orf MOOC represent a permanent departure from traditional learning, online or otherwise. "[Tuesday's] announcement is a pretty loud call to action for other universities," said Jonathan Becker, assistant professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. "What it mostly does is it legitimizes these kinds of courses."

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Re: Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'

I continuousely say
Coursera and MITx+Harvardx are two different model.
Coursera is for profit, MITx not
Coursera does not provide certificates , MITx provides certificates
Coursera is free, MITx charges a small fee enough to covere the cost of whole education therefore it is sustainable .
Coursera does not have a business model yet, MITx has .
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Re: Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'

Please do not name MITx+Harvardx as MOOC.
ONLINE had a very bad reputation due to some for profit online schools, now MOOC do not have a very reputable meaning yet .

One question nobody answers

When we have 1 billion MIT and Harvardx graduates in the world who will sweep the floors, collect garbage . [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'

Dear Stephen,

as many people now associate MOOCs with what you call xMOOCs I have suggested (sorry, only in german: http://konzeptblog.joachim-wedekind.de/?p=667) to rename cMOOCs as COOL = Cooperative Open Online Learning (maybe you would prefer Connectivist Open Online Learning?).

For me the C = Cooperative is the key characteristic of this type of events. It is the cooperation of the participants with the goal to learn together and from each other.

... and it is also a cool acronym, isn't it? ;-)

Regards, Joachim [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'

One question nobody answers
When we have 1 billion MIT and Harvardx graduates in the world who will sweep the floors, collect garbage .

Answer: Probably self-aware, sophisticated robots produced by the new highly educated and innovative society. [Comment] [Permalink]



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