MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) have been widely publicized as a new learning model that could impact the future of higher education.  While the field is rapidly evolving, and the implications for institutions are unclear, it is undeniable that they are a disruptive innovation that could have a lasting effect on the industry.

Want the short version?  Check out the Scribd “MOOCs, The Snapshot Version” below, or download your own copy from Google Drive HERE.

Who are the major MOOC providers?  Find a list of the big players here:

MOOC drawing explanation
In September 2012 I was fortunate to be part of a team that put together a proposal for a MOOC in Developmental Education Mathematics (Pre-Algebra level) at Cuyahoga Community College through the Gates Foundation.  It was designed using game mechanics, and initial data has indicated impressive results (18% success as opposed to a national average of about 5 – 10%, and this with a population that doesn’t have previous advanced degrees!)

MOOCs:  Snap Back to Reality, Oops There Goes Gravity

What about a LOOC (Large Open Online Course)?  Or a SPOC (Small Private Online Course)?  (Frankly, the rest of us call a SPOC just a plain old online class at a community college or some other low-cost or free option!)

Educause makes some great shorts about various topics.  This is their take on the MOOC and possible implications in higher education:

Find MOOC model-related resources and info below.

Interested in facilitating an xMOOC?

Check out this now dated (insert throat clearing here) video explaining MOOC by one of the originals that coined the word.  What he is describing is now commonly referred to as a cMOOC – a constructivist, networked, highly participatory MOOC.

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