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A better understanding of moocs

  1. 1. What are they really all about?
  2. 2. MOOC’s are:
  3. 3. MOOCs
  4. 4. What are MOOC’s- Massive Open Online Courses  It is a free web-based distance learning program that is designed for the participation of a large number of students in different areas or places, it is aimed at unlimited participation and open access through the web, it also helps build a community for students and teachers.  MOOC’s offer open enrollment, allowing anyone who is interested to sign up, they permit students to register without paying tuition, even those without money are also able to register.
  5. 5. History of MOOC’s  The word MOOC was coined by Dave Cormier in 2008.  There were 25 tuition-paying students from the university and 2 300 non-paying students from general public who took the course online.  July 2011; Stanford, 2 courses on artificial Intelligence enrollments.  January 2012; Coursera, edX, Udality funded.  January 2013; over 4 million enrollments in MOOC’s.
  6. 6. Different types:  Original cMOOCs were discovered in 2008 and the better or well known xMOOCs in 2011.  xMOOCs took off in fall of 2011 with Intro Al Course at Stanford.  Platform providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, FutureLearn) as well as content providers (Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Edinburgh, Udemy, Yale and others.)
  7. 7. cMOOCs  It is actually learner centered.  Focus on constructivist and connectivist approaches to learning.  Learning happens when students interact with authentic material.
  8. 8. xMOOCs  They are mostly focused on instructive approaches to teaching.  It is assessed in some sort of graded activity, there are grades.  The instructor along with the support team record and serve video lectures to learners
  9. 9. How are MOOCs different from previous free online courses?  In previous free online courses learners usually did not have enough information to master the content.  The syllabus was not enough to guide learners through the content.  Learners were given few options to study as part of a community, and no access to peers or professors.  MOOCs seek to change all that, it offers everything a student need to learn, offer links to available resources or even the content.  Provides students access to reading, activities etc.
  10. 10. MOOCs are:  Symbol of learning revolution.  Opportunities for massive research.  Basis for low cost sharing of content.  Standard part of higher and continuing education.  High quality learning pathway.
  11. 11. My Field of interest  Since I am Pursuing my teaching career in Life Sciences, I would like to pursue these topics in my future MOOC experience: Genetics, Molecules of Life and Human evolution.
  12. 12. Continue…..
  13. 13. Thank you!