After the New York Times named 2012 “The Year of the MOOC“, the reputation of MOOCs has taken a downturn. We hear criticisms of what MOOCs can’t do, but if you listen carefully, the criticism is about how a MOOC fails in trying to be a “course”.
If we change the “C” to community, suddenly we have an opportunity to leverage online connected learning that is driven by participants. Learners can engage with others in the topic areas that interest them. It is self-directed professional learning with a starting place.
Throughout this OSSEMOOC we will be screencasting and livestreaming conversations and presentations about learning with technology. Here is our first one-take Google hangout where we chat about OSSEMOOC and why it is important.
Let’s emphasize “one-take”. We are hoping to model that sharing through video does not require perfection. You will notice that Donna accidentally calls OSSEMOOC “a course” as she talks about what the acronym stands for, but we are calling this a learning “Community” where you can personalize your learning.
For the full explanation of what “OSSEMOOC” stands for check out the “About” page here.