What are moocs?

A mooc is a massive open online course. But what does that mean?

Massive open online courses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course) are a recent innovation in educational development and have attracted great interest in the Learning Technology sphere of the wider Educational Development community.

A MOOC is by itself a “non-defined pedagogical format to organize learning/teaching/training on a specific topic in a more informal collaborative way” (MOOC Guide). The principles of a MOOC are autonomy, diversity, openness and interaction/connectedness. The principle activities of a MOOC are: Aggregation, Remixing, Re-purposing, Feeding forward.

Dave Cormier has produced a useful four minute video.

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