There has been a lot of talk recently with education funding models and the four letter word ‘fees’. An emigrant area is the rise of the massively open online courses (MOOCs). The origins of MOOCs can be traced to September 2008 when over 1,200 people signed up for George Siemens and Stephen Downes Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course. The basic concept of MOOCs is to establish some structured learning which might include weeks reading/tasks or online seminars, providing a mechanism for individuals to connect and learn together.
Jim Groom from University of Mary Washington is one of the latest academics dipping his toe into the world of MOOCs. Jim has already been teaching a face-to-face version of his Digital Storytelling course (ds106) for a number of semesters and in January he is opening ds106 for the world to participate in.
For more information about the course visit http://ds106.us/. Even if you are not interested in learning about Digital Storytelling I still recommend you follow Jim’s development of this course on his bavatuesdays blog for an insight into what it takes to make a MOOC.
And from Jim’s blog below is a video produced by Dave Cormier et al. on how to be successful in a MOOC:
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