What is a MOOC?
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have received a burst of recent activity and are often perceived as a brand new educational concept, despite MOOCs being present since at least 2008. Furthermore, the courses especially those of xMOOC structure build on traditional pedagogical theory and Higher Education practice. The core reading provides an introduction to these courses as a foundation for the Post-MOOCan course.
- Woodgate (2013) – What are MOOCs? [Chapter one]
- De Waard, I. (2013). MOOC Yourself – Set up your own MOOC for Business, Non-Profits, and Informal Communities. IgnatiaWebs blog: http://ignatiawebs.blogspot.ca/2013/04/my-ebook-on-mooc-and-how-to-set-up-mooc.html
- Fini, A. (2009). The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, vol. 10 (5) – http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/643/1402
- Siemens, G., and Downes, S. (2008, 2009). Connectivism and connected knowledge [Online Course]. Retrieved from http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/connectivism/
Recommended resources to explore:
- Coursera – MOOCs delivery platform (66 HEIs globally): www.coursera.org
- Google – “MOOCs” Google search results
- Wikipedia – “Massive Open Online Course” entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course
Once you feel you have a sufficient understanding of MOOCs and their varying design and history, please proceed to the next section of the course, which will introduce you to the concept of post-humanism.