A Better Name for MOOCs: Very Low teacher/student Ratio Courses (VLRCs) | The Next Bison: Social Computing and Culture
Amy Bruckman asks us to change our language: It’s not MOOCs, it’s VLRCs. Her argument makes sense to me.
Free online classes with large numbers of enrolled students are lately being called “Massively Open Online Courses” (MOOCs). As writers like George Lakoff have eloquently explained, the words we use to describe a phenomenon shape how we think about them. I would like to suggest that a more accurate name than “MOOCs” is “Very Low teacher/student Ratio Courses” or “VLRCs” (pronounced “vlercs”).