What is a MOOC?
Massive - The use of the internet to
connect with other global
Open - No charge of any student
Online - Learning together in a digital
Course - choosing any field you want.
History of MOOC
In 2004 George Siemensand Stephen Downes developed a theory of
connectivism. The thesis of the theory was to distribute equal knowledge
across the network connections and to provide equal education for
everyone disadvantaged or not.
In 2008 the first MOOC was presented at the University of Manitoba with
In 2010 videos about MOOC were uploaded in YouTube
In 2011MOOC helped freshmen to prepare for college requirements
In 2012 Harvard had its first MOOC that had 370,000 registered students
In 2013 cMOOC and xMOOC introduced
Connecting the global
world through the internet.
Why use MOOC?
This network offers learners learning
opportunities to study any course of their
It prepares learners for the real world of
It connects diverse learners and gives fresh
It encourages learners to become
responsible for their own knowledge.
Different types of MOOCs
It was the first MOOC offered.
It provides knowledge that is generated by teachers, students and others.
It focuses on knowledge creation and a creating another generation
that is very computer literate.
It is based on a more traditional model of teacher- student transfer
of knowledge. The information is offered by large organizations like
Udacity and edX.
It is based on behaviorist learning theory with cognitive components
The transmission of knowledge or teaching is based on discussions forums.
It uses a limited range of technology
My field of interest
I was very surprised of the courses they offer here in
I'm mostly interested in General Biology and I have went
through the lectures slides based on my field of interest.
I'm very impressed of the content that is provided by the
lectures and the practicals that they do.
in the future I'm planning to apply for computer
technology and computer science.
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