This article was written by George Siemens. Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012
MOOCs are really a platform
I think the main distinction we have talked about here is summed up in these two paragraphs
"Largely lost in the conversation around MOOCs is the different ideology that drives what are currently two broad MOOC offerings: the connectivist MOOCs (cMOOCs?... and the well-financed MOOCs by Coursera and edX (xMOOCS?)".
Our (c) MOOC model emphasizes creation, creativity, autonomy, and social networked learning. The Coursera model emphasizes a more traditional learning approach through video presentations and short quizzes and testing. Put another way, cMOOCs focus on knowledge creation and generation whereas xMOOCs focus on knowledge duplication."
George goes on to say that the xMOOC may have a place in getting ideas out to a large audience who are otherwise under-served. The article also has a good timeline of MOOC development with branches.
I saw this distinction play out in the MOOC offered by CourseSites and Curt Bonk. Those attending with the expectation of a cMOOC were disappointed and even angry about the course. A lively debate about the course sprang up across the web and continued for several weeks. Having been in a cMOOC and frankly wondering what it would be like with more structure I accepted the BonkMooc format as a viable experiment. For me the difference felt like the difference in undergraduate vs graduate education or the difference in a survey 101 undergrad course vs a senior seminar.
I would be interested in your reactions here. Are we a cMOOC an xMOOC or maybe even an embryonic Gmooc