Learner support in MOOCs. An alternative perspective

Jenny Mackness, Dec 12, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

My thanks to Jenny Mackness for drawing out some key points of the recent panel discussion I took part in at MRI13 around the idea of learner support in MOOCs in terms of self-organisation. "This would mean," she writes, "providing learners with an environment in which they can self-organise and which itself is self-organising. In these terms support isn’t something we do for learners, but something that we support them in doing for themselves – a ‘once-removed’ form of support." She is right, I don't have all the details worked out. But it is, I think, an important concept in new models of learning, one which xMOOC providers haven't realized yet.

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