Explore A New Learning Frontier: MOOC

Inge de Waard, Learning Solutions, Jul 26, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The work that we've been doing in learning networks is beginning to attract a wider audience. This article in Learning Solutions magazine has resulted in a spate of new subscriptions to this newsletter - welcome, everyone. It focuses on the MOOC - massive open online course - that a group of us, including George Siemens and Dave Cormier, have been developing over the last few years. The MOOC is the practical extension of a theoretical approach to online learning sometimes called Connectivism. But we will soon see additional practical applications, such as the data analytics stream George has been working on, as described in this O'Reilly article. Learning providers and managers are salivating over analytics, but I think the biggest beneficiary will be students themselves, once systems are designed to make analytics accessible to them.
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