MOOCs to cultivate networked textbooks part 1

Dave Cormier, in education, Apr 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Cave Cormier has observed, as have many of us, that the newer xMOOCs are mostly just online interactive textbooks. Which raises the question, what are the other kinds of MOOCs, if thought of from the perspective of textbooks. Well, something like open textbooks. But the whole domain of open textbooks - it has a long history - is fraught with difficulty. Could MOOCs address the problems of continuity and creation? "The key is to utilize the scale of education to your advantage. There are thousands and thousands of people teaching first year accounting. Some of them are passionate about it… some are not… but most/all of them are using textbooks."

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