What is the theory that underpins our moocs?
If you’re even casually aware of what is happening in higher education, you’ve likely heard of massive open online courses (MOOCs). They have been covered by NY Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, TV programs, newspapers, and a mess or blogs. While MOOCs have been around since at least 2008, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past 10 months. Personally, I’m very pleased to see the development of Coursera and EDx. A secondary focus, for me (and far lower on the scale than the primary one mentioned above), is around the learning theory and pedagogical models that influence different types of MOOCs. In 2008, Stephen Downes and I offered an open online course, Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK08). The MOOCs that we’ve done – and the ones that Jim Groom and Alan Levine run (DS106) and Alec Couros runs (EC&i831) – are defined by a participative pedagogical model. What is the theory that underpins our MOOCs? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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