Why c and x MOOCs are attracting different number of participants?

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

It's a question I'm sure many people have pondered: why do the xMOOCs attract hundreds of thousands of people, while cMOOCs attract far few. Sui Fai John Mak rounds up the reasons:

  1. branding and affiliation with elite institutions and professors,
  2. well established courses with rich support on resources and assessment (grading/peer assessment),
  3. granting of certificates of achievement or statements of attainment (in recognition),
  4. degrees of difficulties – xMOOCs are much easier compared to cMOOCs,
  5. perceptions of learners – xMOOCs are based on 1,2,3 above, and 4 – learners – cMOOCs would have to curate resources and create blog posts/join forums,
  6. pedagogy,
  7. assessment.

He then discusses each of these in detail. A post well worth reading.

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