MOOCs: Two Different Approaches to Scale, Access and Experimentation

Phil Hill, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, May 01, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There are two types of MOOCs, wreites Phil Hill, the connectivist branch and the Stanford branch. He adds:

  • "The two current branches of MOOCs are different and will not merge – despite the common name, they have different aims and methods. It is a mistake, in my opinion, to overlook the differences.
  • "Both branches are early prototypes or pilots. The future of MOOCs will be based on further developing the concepts and techniques – we should not expect massive adoption until future generations of MOOCs evolve"

And while the MOOC is not as yet the "answer" to anything in particular, he suggests they will be, as they are merged with either badges or accreditation.

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