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Showing Revision 5 created 09/05/2011 by Christian Reuter QL.

  1. What is a MOOC?

  2. The Massive Open Online Course
  3. is a response to the challenges
  4. faced by organizations and distributed disciplines
  5. at a time of information overload.
  6. It used to be that when you wanted to know about something
  7. you could do a few things
  8. You could ask someone
  9. You could buy a book
  10. You could try to figure out for yourself
  11. or you could call a school.
  12. If that school offered the course
  13. in a thing that you were trying to figure out
  14. you could go there and take it
  15. you could get access to information about a topic
  16. An instructor would comb through journals and books
  17. to pull the information together from a library
  18. you might even find others
  19. who are also interested in the same things that you are
  20. The Mooc is built for a world
  21. where information is everywhere
  22. where a social network obsessed with
  23. the same things as you are
  24. is a click away
  25. a digital world
  26. a world where internet connection
  27. gives you access
  28. to a staggering amount of information
  29. This video will introduce you
  30. to how a Massive Open Online Course
  31. is one way of learning in a networked world.
  32. A MOOC is a course.
  33. It's open.
  34. It's participatory
  35. It's distributed
  36. and it supports life-long networked learning.
  37. In one sense
  38. Massive Open Online Course is just that.
  39. It's a course.
  40. It has facilitators, course materials...
  41. It has a start and an end date.
  42. It has participants.
  43. But the MOOC is not a school.
  44. It's not JUST an online course.
  45. It's a way to connect and collaborate
  46. while developing digital skills.
  47. It's a way of engaging in the learning process
  48. that engages what it means to be a student.
  49. It is maybe most importantly,
  50. an event,
  51. around which people who care about a topic
  52. can get together and work and talk about it
  53. in a structured way.
  54. The course is open.
  55. All of the work gets done
  56. in areas accessible for people
  57. to read and reflect and comment on.
  58. The course is open in the sense that
  59. you can go ahead
  60. and take the course without paying for it.
  61. You might pay to get the credits through an institution
  62. but you are not paying for participating in the course.
  63. It's also open in the sense that the work done in the course
  64. is shared among all the people taking it.
  65. The material put together by the facilitators
  66. the work done by the participants
  67. it's all negotiated in the open.
  68. You get to keep your work
  69. and everyone gets to learn from it.
  70. The course is participatory
  71. you really become part of the course
  72. by engaging with other people's work
  73. Participants are not asked
  74. to complete specific assignments
  75. but rather to engage with the material
  76. with each other
  77. and with other material that they may find on the Web.
  78. You make connections between ideas
  79. and between you and other people.
  80. You network.
  81. One of the outcomes
  82. that people get from the course
  83. are the networked connections
  84. they build up through engaging with each other.
  85. The course is distributed
  86. and all these blog posts and discussions posts,
  87. video responses, articles, tweets and tags
  88. all knit together to create a networked course
  89. They're mostly not found at one central location
  90. but rather all over the Internet
  91. in different pockets and clusters
  92. There's no right way to do the course
  93. No single path from the 1st week to the last
  94. this allows for new ideas to develop
  95. and for different points of view to co-exist
  96. it also means that one of the side effects of a MOOC
  97. is the building of a distributed knowledge base on the Net
  98. The course is a step on the road
  99. to life-long learning
  100. MOOCs promote independence among learners
  101. They encourage participants to work in their own spaces
  102. and create authentic networks
  103. they can easily maintain after the course finishes
  104. A MOOC can promote the kind of network creation
  105. that life-long learning is all about.
  106. The course part is just the beginning
  107. How can you go about finding one of these?
  108. Well, news that a MOOC will be offered
  109. usually spreads on online networks
  110. people who have reputations for interesting skills
  111. or innovative thinking on a topic
  112. decide to collaborate
  113. by offering an open online course
  114. covering their topic.
  115. Anyone who wants to join in, CAN
  116. In a MOOC you can choose what YOU do
  117. how you participate
  118. and only you can tell
  119. in the end
  120. if you have been successful
  121. just like in real life.