Sunday, August 4, 2013

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was entered at Wikipedia as:

"A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.[1]

Features associated with early MOOCs, such as open licensing of content, open structure and learning goals, and connectivism may not be present in all MOOC projects,[2] in particular with the 'openness' of many MOOCs being called into question.[3]"

There is still no self-paced on-demand MOOC course. 

Wikipedia lists the following MOOC top providers:

EdX is a non-profit created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. 

Udacity with a mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world.