What is a MOOC?

MOOC is an abbreviation for Massively Open Online Course. A MOOC in my view is just another buzzword puffed by Stephen Downes and George Siemens to sell stale bread as a new loaf.

At one point E-Learning 2.0 was the greatest thing going according to Stephen Downes and George Siemens, then it was Connectivism and now it seems it is MOOCs.

It appears to me they will do anything to try to get their re-jigging of old ideas on everyone’s lips to create a buzz that seasoned HCI experts who remember Computer based learning, Web-based training, then E-Learning coming into vogue should just laugh off.

One might ask how a MOOC is technologically any different from any open learning object system, such as HyperCard and MICROCOSM. To me it is little different to what I learned on my BSc(Hons) in Multimedia Studies between 2000 and 2002, a ground-breaking course by Dr Mike Reddy, which New York University and other ancient institutions are just starting to offer

It seems a MOOC is nothing other a Web-based non-portable SCORM object run by education establishments. How is it any more than branding for something the Open University has been doing with OpenLearn for decades?

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