I didn’t know I was in a cMOOC until it was mentioned in David’s post, The missing persective(s) on MOOC’s. I then went on to read Sir John Daniel’s blog post, Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility and still wasn’t clear what the distinction was between cMOOC and xMOOC.
A little research with Google led me to two useful sites.
The first site, massiveopenonlinecourses.com, explained the difference between the two types including the history. Ironically this was on the site of what I understand is a provider of xMOOC’s.
The second site, Jonathan Haber’s DegreeofFreedom, provided a perspective much closer to my experience. From the perspective of the individual, he expolores his online experiences.
I only learned recently that I’ve not been enrolled in MOOC classes at all, but have instead been involved with something called an xMOOC.
xMOOCs based on traditional college courses that seem to be replicating the pedagogy of the low-tech classroom, but doing so in a way that eliminates the intimacy between a teacher and his or her students (who, within a MOOC, can number in the tens of thousands).
I, on the other hand, find I am in a cMOOC.
With cMOOCs, learners are expected to make an active contribution via different digital platforms. Contributions from students in the form of tweets, blog entries, etc are moderated by course supervisors, and delivered to every course participant in a daily newsletter or email.
So a MOOC isn’t just a cow by a different name,