Published on March 10, 2014
Massive Open Online Courses By Sweetness N Nkosi 14 February 2014
introduction MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a form of a distance education, with almost all of teaching and learning occurs online. This program is designed to allow a number of students to participate effectively.
History of MOOCs The word MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier from the University of Monitoba. This format has been used a couple of times by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in their CCK( Connectivism and Connective knowledge course). The early MOOCs were less about presenting content and more about connecting learners.
Two types of MOOCs
cMOOC cMOOCs stands for Connectivist MOOC cMOOCs are based on the concept of connectivism They are typically developed and led by academics through open source web platform They involves informal learning and focuses on knowledge creation and generation.
xMOOC xMOOC typically describes courses offered through the coursera/udacity/edX The courses are structured around more conventional lecture formats These courses involves formal learning and focuses on knowledge duplication. While cMOOCs focuses on network building and collaboration xMOOC deals with organised group work.
Advantages and disadvantages Advantages Student can collaborate with their peers from different parts of the world. They help people who have barriers to learning, such as lack of funding and un-accessible geographical location most MOOCs are free they are designed to be interactive. Disadvantages They make it easy for students to drop out MOOCs provides no active feedback due to the large number of students Students need to be responsible for their own work because MOOCs provide self-directed learning Its hard to facilitate a meaningful conversation.
How have MOOCs developed Currently, there is a total of eight courses(xMOOCs) including chemistry, computer science, electronics and public health The popularity of MOOCs has attracted a great deal of attention from HE institutions and private investors around the world. In January 2013, Udacity launched its first MOOCs-for- credit, in collaboration with San Jose State University In September 2013, edX announced a partnership with Google to develop Open edX, which is an open source platform.
The field of my interest on MOOCs I'm mostly interested in languages and business studies MOOCs because that’s what I am going to teach But looking at my background, my other interest will be Teaching computing Teaching Computing:Part2 (future learn) is a MOOC that I think I will join This two part course is for primary and secondary school teachers who are preparing to tackle the new computing curriculum
Continuation of the last slide I would like to take part on this MOOC because, as an upcoming teacher I want to learn more computer skills due to my background, I really want to change some of the township situation, where you find both teachers and learners are unable to use computer for teaching and learning. The topics that I am willing to discuss include: How can the use of technology improve the teaching and leaning process And how can we make the use of technology in the classroom interesting, to make it more effective.
References Bliss C A,Hurley B, Yeager C.2013. cMOOCs and Global learning: An Authentic alternative. Volume17, issue2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/massive_open_online_course http://adulted.about.com/od/Adult-Education-in-the- U.S./a/The-Pros-And-Cons-Of-Moocs.htm www.universitiesuk.ac.uk http://www.minglebox.com/article/moocs/advantages-and- disadvantages-of-moocs