Dissecting MOOCs


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Dissecting MOOCs

  1. 1. Massive Open OnlineCourseMOOC
  2. 2. Three Types of MOOCsConnectivist MOOCxMOOCCommunity/TaskBased MOOC
  3. 3. MOOC University of Manitoba 2008 Connectivism & ConnectedKnowledge 25 registered students 2300 participants
  4. 4. cMOOCConnectivistMOOCs
  5. 5. Learning Theory for the DigitalAgeConnectivism
  6. 6. Personal LearningNetworkPLN
  7. 7. Source: George Siemens Quote from:http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm“One of the most persuasive factors isthe shrinking half-life of knowledge. The“half-life of knowledge” is the time spanfrom when knowledge is gained to whenit becomes obsolete. Half of what isknown today was not known 10 yearsago.”
  8. 8. Principles of Connectivism Learning and knowledge rests in diversity ofopinions. Learning is a process of connecting specializednodes or information sources. Learning may reside in non-human appliances. Capacity to know more is more critical than whatis currently known
  9. 9. Principles of Connectivism Decision-making is itself a learning process.Choosing what to learn and the meaning ofincoming information is seen through the lens of ashifting reality. While there is a right answer now,it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations inthe information climate affecting the decision.
  10. 10. Siemens & Downes Aggregate Repurpose Remix Feed Forward
  11. 11. Important Attributes Facilitator not the sole provider ofknowledge Facilitator not the determiner of space High-end knowledge exchange to occur Open Source
  12. 12. lak12.mooc.caTake a look at
  13. 13. xMOOCs
  14. 14. xMOOCsStanford AICourseraUdacityedX
  15. 15. xMOOC Characteristics AI Grading University or CorporateSponsorship Rating of Questions DiscussionForum Instructor record answers on videobut does not always participate inthe discussion forums
  16. 16. Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence MOOCFound at: https://www.ai-class.com/
  17. 17. UdacityFound at: http://www.udacity.com/
  18. 18. CourseraFound at: https://www.coursera.org/
  19. 19. Coursera Course CatalogFound at: https://www.coursera.org/courses
  20. 20. Let’s Look at some xMOOCsCourseraCanvasedX
  21. 21. Social NetworkKnowledgeConstructionTask or CommunityBased MOOCs
  22. 22. DS106Found at: http://ds106.us/
  23. 23. Community Funding of DS106Found at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jimgroom/ds106-the-open-online-community-of-digital-storyte
  24. 24. Anne Frank MOOCEducators use a virtual world and a MOOC (massive open online course) to teachabout the holocaust. Imagine "entering the book" as an avatar and exploring thecramped quarters where Anne Frank lived in hiding.
  25. 25. P2PUPeer 2 Peer University
  26. 26. Games MOOCFound at http://gamesmooc.shivtr.com
  27. 27. Community or Task MOOCDS 106P2PUGames MOOC
  29. 29. Good MOOC, Bad MOOC Venture capitalists who have poured at least $20-million into the 20-person Coursera storefront must be impatient for these revenuestreams to get settled. So far they’re considering the following: a) Charging for certification and testing. b) Vending of tutorial services, translations, facilitation of small-group discussion and peer learning, etc. c) Direct tuition for courses or clusters of courses in relation tocertification, standard distance-ed practice, just with the newmidscale Coursera brand. Harvard and MIT, for instance are trying to have their brand cake anddilute it too by branding their Edx courses as the product of “Harvardx”and “MITx.” d) Miscellaneous revenue sources, like advertising andemployment-service revenue from job seekers and potentialemployers.
  30. 30. DiscussionQuestions?
  31. 31. Recommendations Summer 2013 Games MOOC ( CCCS) rgMOOC - "Rhetoric and Composition: ThePersuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts“(Canvas) DS 106 ( Indie) Online Games: Literature New Media, & Narrative(Coursera) Model Thinking ( Coursera)
  32. 32. C’est tout!