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The Ultimate Student Guide to xMOOCs and cMOOCs - - 0 views

  • idea that learning happens within a network, where learners use digital platforms such as blogs, wikis, social media platforms to make connections with content, learning communities and other learners to create and construct knowledge.
  • Participants’ contributions in form of blog posts, tweets etc. are aggregated by course organizers and shared with all participants via daily email or newsletter
  • MOOCs started getting a lot more attention when Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig from Stanford University opened up enrollment to their Artificial Intelligence course in 2011.
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  • Thrun started Udacity, a platform offering MOOCs that mostly focus on science and technology.
  • Coursera opened soon after, followed by edX which is a joint effort between Harvard and MIT. And new platforms are still being launched, including Open2Study from Australia’s Open Universities and NovoEd from Stanford.
  • These MOOCs offered on university-based platforms are modeled on traditional course materials, learning theories and higher education teaching methods.
  • For example, they usually are organized around lectures and quiz-type assessment methods. Also these courses typically use little distributed content that’s available on the Web outside the platform. Most course content is prerecorded video lectures which are posted on the courses’ home page.
  • xMOOC usually has one or more higher education colleges or schools behind it, and, in some cases, a for-profit company
  • A great deal of money is required to develop video and other course content in a MOOC and to operate the platform.
  • Even though we are a nonprofit, we have to be self-sustaining over the long term.”
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