Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Are MOOCs becoming "just online courses"?

In the short video below, Dave Cormier who coined the term Massive Open Online Course, explains what the term meant to him at the end of 2010:

Clearly MOOCs have moved away from being exclusively connectivist. Dave Cormier describes an open environment where students learn primarily from each other.

The overwhelming majority of MOOCs offered nowadays are replicating more closely the traditional lecture based higher education environment.

Is that a good or a bad thing? To paraphrase Dave Cormier: are MOOCs becoming “just online courses”?

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