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7 Things you should know about MOOCs

EDUCAUSE publishes short papers on 7 things you should know about… that provide an overview of emerging topics and trends. Their most recent publication is on 7 things your should know about MOOCs (.pdf). From the paper: “But perhaps the most significant contribution is the MOOC’s potential to alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community by potentially providing a very large and diverse forum and meeting place for ideas. Those enrolling in a MOOC are likely to discover learning at its most open on a platform that invites the world not only to see and hear but also to participate and collaborate.” Great stuff!!

I would have liked to see the inclusion of more open courses (those offered by Alec Couros, Ray Schroeder, David Wiley, mobiMOOC, Wendy Drexler, Chis Sessums, etc) as well as the growing amount of “mooc support resources” such as Dave Cormier’s What is a MOOC video (with almost 20k views).


  1. Alan Levine wrote:

    FWIW I pitch in with the brainstorming for 7 Thangs (though EDUCAUSE never gives credit to the people behind the curtain), and I had mentioned and provided the full list of open courses, and Dave’s video as a resource. It must have gotten lost in the edits.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Thanks Alan for the background on this…

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm Brown wrote:

    Just a note on this point. The 7 Things format is very compact, concise, and highly structured. For that reason, we can’t always include everything there is to say on a particular topic. That’s both its strength and its weakness: it is meant to be a quick introduction, accessible to a wide variety of audiences. It is intended to be a vehicle that initiates conversations at a campus on the issue’s topic. Given this design, we can’t cover a topic in as much detail as it deserves.

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:29 am | Permalink