Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better


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EdgeX, EDGE Forum, Delhi, India, Keynote, Mar 14, 2012.

In this presentation I outline the motivation and design of the massive open online course (MOOC) and then outline a number of criticisms of the form as it has evolved thus far. My argument is that to the extent that a MOOC focuses on content, like a traditional course, it begins to fail. A MOOC should focus on the connections, not the content. I outline some ways of focusing on connections, using connectors. By way of an example, I discuss structured connections such as chess games and budget simulations. Full text is available: Click here.


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