How could cMOOCs be designed and incorporated under an institutional framework?

Sui Fai John Mak, IBM Developer Works, Mar 21, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I wrote a brief item a few days ago on evaluating MOOCs. I write: "I then ask whether it satisfied the properties of a successful network. I can do this from two perspectives: first, from a process perspective; and second, from an outcomes perspective. The process perspective asks whether the MOOC satisfied the criteria for successful networks... The outcomes perspective looks at the MOOC as a knowing system." The current post is Sui Fai John Mak's response to my post, where he raises learning contracts. "This is based on the definition of the purpose of the project, with scope, learning and assessment strategies proposed and action plans developed." But I don't like the idea of learning cointracts; you can't negotiate them fairly in any sort of student-teacher relation, and in any case, your objectives might change (I know mine certainly do).

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