Treating MOOC Platforms as Websites to be Optimised, Pure and Simple…

Tony Hirst, Robin Good, Jan 30, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More stuff on the tech front - this is from a Tony Hirst post where he looks (sceptically) at FutureLearn. What does it mean to say "the USP is going to relate to the quality of teaching/pedagogy?" Anbd will it be open? How much will be drawn from Moodle? Meanwhile, he notes "I notice that JISC Advance’s Generic eMarketplace (or GeM) for Work Based Learning ('gemforwbl', or looking at the logo, 'gee em for weeble'? (will it wobble? will it fall down?) is now open and ready for business… and as for the logo, what on earth is it supposed to represent?" Another example, probably, of management shooting and missing - but still, you can tell there are some solid ideas behind these projects.

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