Auteur : Justin Marquis
Date de l'info : 15 septembre 2013
MOOCs are all the rage.
So much so in fact that even my own ongoing critique of them hasn’t tempered the notion that they might eventually become an important part of reestablishing a culture of intellectualism in the United States. Numerous institutions have started MOOCs, serving hundreds of thousands of students, and covering myriad topics.
They have recently even been deployed for teacher professional development. The format is wide open to innovation and creative uses, mainly by elite academic institutions. However, even with all the hype and hoopla there is a very real possibility that every topic in the academy may not be represented in this free online format.
At their core, MOOCs can speak to the best, altruistic nature of educators by allowing them to share their knowledge freely with the world. Perhaps you are an educator who is intrigued by the possibility of joining the MOOC movement and offering one of your own. This post will redefine the mOOC (micro Open Online Course), present some paths that can be taken to create your own mOOC and suggest some innovative ways of making your mOOC the kind of interactive experience that will set it above all others.
I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on Education Unbound discussing the negative aspects of MOOCs in posts like “MOOCs: The Opium of the Masses,” but a majority of that criticism comes from the “massive” concept that is so central to the MOOC. The idea of free, open access to well-done, interactive online classes is absolutely an appealing and timely idea. If we simply decide to replace the “massive” piece with something a little more personal like “micro,” the model becomes very appealing- the mOOC, if you will.
In looking at mOOCs as micro-courses, designed for small audiences and small, diverse topics, we have the potential for a model that can widely disseminate and broaden our overall intellectual knowledge base. Anyone with something to teach can share that knowledge with a global audience. Regardless of how small that audience is, engaging with others on the topic, has the potential to not only disseminate learning but also to cross-pollinate our own thinking with that of others.
A more diverse world dialogue can spark creativity and innovation and inspire new ways of thinking as well as generate new knowledge. That is why the mOOC model is worth considering for anyone interested in sharing their teaching and learning with others.
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