Open and online but not a MOOC, GCU Games On – an alternative model for online engagement?

Sheila McNeil, Enl@ce Revista Venezolana de Información, Tecnología y Conocimiento, Jul 17, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As Sheila McNeil reports, "Glasgow Caledonian University have taken their first steps into the world of open online education this week with the launch of GCU Games On - a three-week, open online event." What's interesting about this item is that the open event was not created using the usual MOOC technology. She writes, "A key factor that enabled us to develop the event so quickly and easily including badges was our VLE BlackBoard which has just launched their new MOOC platform Open Education." Here's the associated press release from Blackboard. Like the platforms offered by MOOC providers, the new Blackboard platform "that allows teachers and faculty to run public online courses and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), is currently being piloted via the public cloud." Here's the link to the site. Looks nice.

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