"Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online learning events that can take place synchronously and asynchronously for months. Participants assemble to hear, see, and participate in backchannel communication during live lectures. They read the same texts at the same time, according to a calendar. Learning takes place through self-organized networks of participants, and is almost completely decentralized: individuals and groups create blogs or wikis around their own interpretations of the texts and lectures, and comment on each other’s work; each individual and group publicises their RSS feed, which are automatically aggregated by a special (freely available) tool, gRSShopper. Every day, an email goes out to all participants, aggregating activity streams from all the blogs and wikis that engage that week’s material. MOOCs are a practical application of a learning theory known as “connectivism” that situates learning in the networks of connections made between individuals and between texts."
Comment: This is an excellent description of how a cMOOC works, you know, the connectivist kind that tends to be forgotten in all the brouha about about xMOOCs. But the resource doesn't stop here, it also gives rather good guidelines for those who want to dip their feet into setting up a cMOOC themselves (peter sloep, @pbsloep)
La universidad está sufriendo, probablemente, la revoluciónmás importante de los últimos siglos, primero con la proliferación de las universidades a distancia, pero también ahora con la irrupción a escala global de las universidades de élite...
The recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs, is revolutionizing the online education world and is having a profound impact on higher education. With the growing adoption of MOOCs, the number of MOOC providers has also increased many folds. Below is a comprehensive and up-to-date list of MOOC providers; might be helpful to all interested.
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