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This week I answer to a survey of Liz, and the month of January I answered to another survey.
The latest massively open course, offered by Stanford University on Artificial Intelligence is raising the question again. What exactly does a course need to be in order to be classified as a MOOC? There has been some discussion on this Google Plus thread started by George Siemens. Osvaldo challenges that the course itself is too structured to be MOOC. So, I wonder, how do we define a MOOC? I think there are two ways we can do this, either literally as a "Massively Open Online Course" and look at each word in the definition to provide critical for inclusion, or we can go back to the roots of a MOOC and add that a MOOC must also be the realization of connectivism pedagogy – which adds additional criteria – specially those that define connectivism.
I read this post on MOOC with interests. So… what should be done about MOOCs? Refuse to stand on the sidelines. Ignoring MOOCs is not a good idea. This leaves two primary options: Offer your own.
So I have found my way to the end of the course. Below are the links to my blog postings for this course. I have loved this course from the moment I was sent the link to it.
A couple of things came together recently, which is almost always my foundation for a blog post. First, Stanford University is about to offer an open, online course on Artificial Intelligence . Then, George Siemens posted about it in Google + (hey, cool, a G+ post has a permalink!)
Is MOOC the solution to future learning, especially online education and learning in Higher Education? Our past experience with MOOC has interesting results. There are huge potential in its use, though there are still lots of challenges as I would like to share “our views” and experiences below: There has been a few rounds of MOOC conversation and lots of unanswered questions, relating especially to Stephen’s response to David Wiley’s response on knowledge transfer. I think this depends on what sort of knowledge that we are referring to. Is learning related to the transfer, transmission or replication of information or knowledge in MOOC?