Lessons from a mooc: learning is not a competition

Frances Elizabeth, , Jul 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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One of the beautiful things about MOOCs - all MOOCs - is the way they are changing the game in learning. Here is a wonderful example of this: "I have had the overwhelming realisation," writes Frances Elizabeth, "that learning, or more specifically university-level education, need not be competitive... how on earth I could compare myself to 100,000 people. How will I know where I fall in the rankings? How can I know which end of the scale I lie? The answer is I won’t, I can’t – and that’s not the point of the course." Education without competition? Of course! Enter the age opf cooperation!

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