Friday, April 05, 2013

When is a MOOC not a MOOC?

OCW Scholar I have previously argued that the essentially synchronous nature of MOOCs compared with the lack of synchronicity of OERs is one of the strong elements of the MOOC as a wrapper for educational content. But if you look at the completion rates, it may also be that a strict timetable doesn't help everyone complete the course. So it cuts both ways, but clearly the idea of a coherent wrapper has considerable advantages over freestanding OERs. (Which is not to say that you can't or shouldn't make both - one size education does not fit all.)

We are currently in the process of making a MOOC Which Isn't A MOOC - i.e. it is a wrapper, but it will not be synchronous, learners will be able to start whenever they wish. For this reason, I am interested in the model provided by MIT OCW Scholar:
OCW Scholar courses are designed for independent learners who have few additional resources available to them. The courses are substantially more complete than typical OCW courses and include new custom-created content as well as materials repurposed from MIT classrooms. The materials are also arranged in logical sequences and include multimedia such as video and simulations.
This is more advanced that what we are trying to achieve locally, but it's still a good model for us to consider as we slog away with our project over the next few months. Having said that, the lecture capture examples are atrocious - come on MIT, what are you thinking?

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