A MOOC is not a Thing: Seeking a Translation

November 26, 2012 at 7:29 am 13 comments

“MOOCified”?  I’ve read this twice now, and still can’t figure it out.  What are they saying?!?

There is also nothing about a MOOC that can be contained. Try as they might, MOOC-makers like Coursera, EdX, and Udacity cannot keep their MOOCs to themselves, because when we join a MOOC, it is not to learn new content, new skills, new knowledge, it is to learn new learning. Entering a MOOC is entering Wonderland — where modes of learning are turned sideways and on their heads — and we walk away MOOCified.

“There is a relational aspect to learning.” There’s an invisible network (or potential network) underneath every learning community. The best MOOCs make the networks patent. The worst MOOCs are neutered, lost objects that float unabsolved in the ether as capital “L” Learning, abstract and decontextualized.

MOOCification: to harness (in an instant) the power of a nodal network for learning. Rather than creating a course to structure a network, MOOCification relies on nodes to power a learning activity (or assignment). MOOCification also refers to a pedagogical approach inspired by MOOCs that is unleashed in an otherwise closed or small-format course.

via A MOOC is not a Thing: Emergence, Disruption, and Higher Education | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deepak Kumar  |  November 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

    This elaboration of ‘MOOCifying’ is utterly ‘HUHifying’….as in

    repeat forever: say “HUH?”


  • 2. mgozaydin  |  November 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Everybody talks MOOCs. There is no such a thing.
    Only MOOC is cMOOC by George Siemens and Stephen Downess in 2008 .

    EDX, Coursera, Udacity are not MOOCs.
    They are a new version of existing ( for 20 years ) online courses by 1,300 colleges at a price of $ 1,500 , mainly by for profits .
    Only differense is new version online courses are

    From elite universities
    At a small fee ( for time being it is free )
    Open to everybody in the world
    No credit but a certificate ( not bad though )

    The best of best is new online course by edx can be accepted as a transferred credit by any college .. But will they ?
    They must . An EDX course save any college 10 % of the cost,
    5 courses save 50 % of the cost
    It also creates 100 % more capacity.
    Increase the quality of the college by elite universities .
    Be smart go edx transferred credit .

  • 3. alanone1  |  November 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This has all the unsettling humor of the man in Moliere’s play who discovered he’d been producing prose all his life!

  • 4. Mike Thayer (@gfrblxt)  |  November 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’m not convinced the original article wasn’t written by a bot. It certainly reads that way.

  • 5. Katrin  |  November 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It sounds like those inspirational speakers that tell you their new idea will change your life forever.

    Only it isn’t actually new.
    And it doesn’t change your life.

    Looks like there is an ‘—-ification’ bandwagon now.

    • 6. mgozaydin  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

      You are right. It is not new.
      It has been served to people by 1300 colleges at $ 1,500 per course.
      New is ” it is made by elite universities at a very small fee ”
      Therefore it will change your life forever after 5 years when edx starts providing degrees at $ 10 per course .

  • 7. Barry Brown  |  November 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Perhaps they are talking about Connectivist MOOCs.

    • 8. mgozaydin  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

      You are right. There is only one MOOC that is cMOOC of Gearge Siemens and Stephen Downes .
      There are to organisation providing new online courses now . Since they are free for time being, everybody is corious about it. 150,000 register first after 1 week it drops to several thousands. They call it massive. It is not even massive .
      But edx quality is good ; man .

  • 9. studentforce  |  November 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Reblogged this on hireED4HigherEd.

  • 10. studentforce  |  November 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Pardon my cynicism however; perhaps MOOC’s have been created to benefit the educators who want to learn how people learn? In essence free classes from world renowned universities and professors draw millions such that the researchers have a viable and statistically acceptable pool to draw their research from.

    • 11. mgozaydin  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

      You are right too. But people just do not read .
      They just follow the Joneses .

  • 12. Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer)  |  November 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Lots of complexity to this discussion that warrants pushing on the word “MOOC.” My contention is that the word is broken — that we have no clear sense of what we mean when we talk about MOOCs and that many of us are too caught up in whether MOOCs are good or bad to think productively about their pedagogical implications. And, yes, Barry Brown, when I talk about good MOOCs, I usually mean Connectivist ones. See here: https://twitter.com/Jessifer/status/271958575591604225

    • 13. mgozaydin  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

      you are right Jesse
      There is only one cMOOC . There is no other MOOC whatsoever.
      But there is Coursera for profit and EDX non-*profit online course providers . Period .


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