MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs).
MOOC : EMERGING NEW ‘NORMAL’ FOR MOOCS
Only about 10% will finish the course. Is that bad? There are a lot of lurkers. Is that bad?
We can’t judge new formats with old mindsets, metrics or expectations.
MOOC – TRENDS AND CHANGES
“We are moving away from the model
in which learning is organized around
stable, usually hierarchical institutions
(schools, colleges, universities) that, for
better and worse, have served as the
main gateways to education and social
mobility. Replacing that model is a new
system in which learning is best
conceived of as a flow, where learning
resources are not scarce but widely
available, opportunities for learning
are abundant, and learners increasingly
have the ability to autonomously dip
into and out of continuous learning
- Marina Gorbis (IFTF)
PARALLEL UNIVERSES OF ACADEMIC AND
Did you know: around 70% of participants in MOOCs have a degree
“When combined with the fact that MOOCs to date have not been applied for
academic credit, it is apparent that the primary usage of MOOCs has been
for professional development or lifelong learning.” (M Feldstein)
Corporate interest in MOOCs has only just begun and may lead to yet another MOOC
family. When do MOOCs make sense in a corporate setting?
PHIL HILL'S FOUR MOOC LEARNERS ARCHETYPES
Student Archetypes Description
Lurkers observe or sample a few items at the most.
Active Participants Intend to participate in the MOOC, including consuming content, taking
quizzes and exams, taking part in activities such as writing assignments
and peer grading, and actively participate in discussions via discussion
forums, blogs, twitter, Google+, or other forms of social media
Passive Participants view a course as content to consume. - watch videos, perhaps take
quizzes, but tend to not participate in activities or class discussions
Drop-Ins These are students who become partially or fully active participants
for a select topic within the course, but do not attempt to complete the
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MOOC AS LEARNING TOOL ?
• You can adjust speed of videos.
• Sometimes the video lectures are verbal presentation of content available elsewhere, decide which
suits you : reading or watching.
• Brush up on your netiquette.
• Be aware that anyone can be in a MOOC, so conduct yourself professionally.
• Posting anonymously is of limited value.
• Be careful of ‘auto-subscription’ to forums lest you get 100s of emails overnight.
• Choose one or two forums and interact with those.
• Posting in a discussion forum is different than writing academically, read others to get a feel for tone.
• These are knowledge checks, so be realistic about your expectations.
• If you want a certificate find out what the requirements are.
• The experience of others on the MOOC will vary so be open to the various types of feedback you might
CERTIFICATION AND SOA
• SOA is issued on most of the MOOC courses after successful completion of course as per course criteria.
• Verified certificate are issued on successful completion of MOOC courses from Leading universities, which are
issued on nominal charges between $ 24 to $ 49 and some of the cases it may be as high as $499 for
• There are some MOOC programmes which are self paced learning and not time bound, where on SOA or
Certificate is issued.
MOOC ADOPTION – COMMON CHALLENGES
• There is never enough time
• Classes are hard to follow with discipline
• Technology can be intimidating
• You need a reasonably good internet speed at home. eg:- Downloading virtual machine images to
do some assignments
• You need a reasonably good desktop or laptops. eg:- A minimum of i5 processor and 8 GB RAM is
• You need to learn new programming or scripting languages. eg:- Assignments in python.
• The course caters to many groups of people.
MOOC ADOPTION : COMMON MISTAKES
• Attending more than one course at the same time
• Waiting for last minute to complete the assignments and quizzes
• Not utilizing the community forums effectively
• Not asking questions thinking it is very basic
MOOC ADOPTION : STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
• Set a day/time for MOOCing.
• Register at least two weeks before the MOOC
• Check how many hours the instructor recommends
spending each week.
• If there are synchronous components check the
• Log-in before the MOOC starts to become familiar
with the platform.
• Check if you are expected to engage over Twitter,
• Secure a headset to watch videos, make sure there
is a mic if there are synchronous sessions to
• Try to find someone who is willing to help you with
the technology throughout the course if you get
• Re-watch videos as needed
• Schedule regular time each week
• Communicate with peers through forums and peer
• Ask for help from the Community TAs
• Is there a book you need to buy?
• Do you have a suitable space where you can learn?
• Identify how the MOOC will fit with other courses or
with other MOOCs, create a year long MOOC plan
or integrate with other learning
SOME INTERESTING LINKS ON MOOC
1. What is a MOOC? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc
2. Anant Agarwal Ted Talk 2013: Why MOOCs still matter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn0i2v87woU
3. edX -- How it Works - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh8huowqO8
4. Source: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Wikipedia
5. Source: MOOCs and Higher Education: What is next?