When is a MOOC not a MOOC?

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.

comfort and magic

 

It allows us to step outside of our comfort zone and learn from our peers.

great to excellent

 

It allows us to be willing to be disturbed, and have our beliefs challenged by others.

 

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