Is Massive Open Online Research the Next Frontier for Education?

Doug Ramsey, Jan 10, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

'MOOR' stands for 'Massive Open Online Research' and is the latest in the list of MOOC-inspired algorithms. In this case, a MOOR is a natural (especially for a cMOOC), as the idea of research is to develop new knowledge, and a network environment is just the environment to do that. This article is focused on the University of San Diego’s Jacob’s School of Engineering, which "announced it was launching what it believed was the first major online course that featured a great deal of massive open online research, or MOOR, in addition to the usual coursework" (that's a standard way to be 'first' - you call your thing the first major thing of its kind). What I like about this project is the way it is stretching the idea of a MOOC into some innovative forms, and that makes it worth a look.

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