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Innovation in education: MOOC’s

The first Massive Open Online Course was organized by Downes and Siemens (Connectivism) in 2008: CCK08.

An eye-catching MOOC, was organized by Computer Science professors Sebastian Thrun  and Peter Norvig at Stanford university. He opened up his course Artificial Intelligence and 160,000 students in more than 190 countries signed up. These figures are overwhelming. The Khan Academy offers a similar procedure, outside the university system. A MOOC is based on the connectivism theory.

McAuley et al. (2010, p4) state that ”a MOOC integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a field of study, and a collection of freely accessible online resources. ”

In the meanwhile a colleague at work send me an interesting link to web design courses, without knowing it was a MOOC (Harvard university). MOOC’s are also entering in regular schools.

The website class-central.com helps you to find MOOC’s, offered by Coursera, Udacity, edX, Canvas Network, etc.

During the last weeks I made my own course “HTML & CSS“. In 10 lessons, the student teaches himself/herself by screencast and course materials to design a website. The difference with the MOOC is it isn’t open. Do I have to feel bad for being commercial? What is the alternative? Some questions I’m asking myself.

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