Massive open online courses are the educational happening of the moment. Everyone wants in. No one is quite sure what they’re getting into.
IN late September, as workers applied joint compound to new office walls, hoodie-clad colleagues who had just met were working together on deadline. Film editors, code-writing interns and “edX fellows” — grad students and postdocs versed in online education — were translating videotaped lectures into MOOCs, or massive open online courses. As if anyone needed reminding, a row of aqua Post-its gave the dates the courses would “go live.”
The MOOCs are also generating a massive amount of MOOC Resources:
Creative Commons says MOOCs should be kept "Open" in a couple of senses:
The original MOOCs…were “open” in two respects. First, they were open enrollment to students outside the hosting university. That is open as in “open registration.” Second, the materials of the course were licensed using Creative Commons licenses so their materials could be remixed and reused by others. That is open as in “open license.”
Continue reading at: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/34852
Also there are some experiences puzzled togehter in The Guardian:
Learning for free online
Distance learning is increasingly popular and one of the reasons is the growing number of free courses being offered online
Continue reading here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/oct/23/free-online-distance-learning?INTCMP=SRCH
The MIT Technology Review says:
The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years
Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?