10 Things I’ve Learned (So Far) from Making a Meta-MOOC

Cathy N. Davidson, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Feb 25, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Cathy Davidson was more than a little surprised and bemused when she was arbitrarily named one of the leading figures in MOOCs by the Chronicle of Higher Education. "I've been ambivalently interested in MOOCs," she wrote at the time, "with more than a healthy degree of scepticism that the current form will persist in the future." Still, she has since then embraced her newly minted expert status with gusto, having worked since then to learn something about the subject in which she was now a designated expert. So we have here today an article listing ten things she learned from actually making a MOOC. It takes her nine points to get to the main point of MOOCs, but at least she getss there: "The best use of MOOCs may not be to deliver uniform content massively but to create communities and networks of passionate learners galvanized around a particular topic of shared interest." See also the HASTAC Future Ed Discussion group link.

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