Check out this new MOOC website where you can go to find out more about the latest MOOC happenings.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, MOOC’s are a Massive Open Online Course, most of the time they are completely free – bonus!
What happens is, you sign up and get confirmation with links and support information, there are webinars and content each week followed by online discussions.
The biggest hurdle is transitioning from being a ‘lurker’ to an active participant. I have spent a lot of time lurking through discussions looking for that place where I feel I fit in before participating. Sometimes there can be a lot of contributors and so a lot of information to go through. The best way to handle it is to find topics that interest you and respond to what people have written, contribute to a discussion.
Why do I like MOOC’s so much? It’s because I get the chance to connect with like minded people and have meaningful discussions. People can be anywhere in the world and we’ve got the opportunity to connect in a relevant learning space.
Take from it what you like, but give it a go.
MOOCers – everyone’s doing it!
- The Language of MOOCs (insidehighered.com)
- Editors’ Choice: The Theory and Infrastructure Behind Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Round-up (digitalhumanitiesnow.org)
- Learning from MOOCs (insidehighered.com)