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What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' MOOC Students

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Not sure this will work for you all - it's a link to an online magazine, mainly about MOOC "addicts" but also about what these high level users of MOOCs have to tell providers about what works and what doesn't.

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Comment by Hazel Owen on February 4, 2014 at 19:31

Kia ora, John. Te tau hou hari. I hope you had a super break.

I thought I would drop you a line as a heads up that there has been a sudden flurry of conversation around MOOCs in the community, and I thought you may be interested: 

Ngā mihi nui. Hazel :-)

Comment by John Birnie on May 23, 2013 at 22:16

Kia ora Hazel

I must confess I didn't really know about the more involved / co-construction side of MOOCs till I read your blog post. Very interesting link, and the little video was good too. Will go away and find out more. As always your comments are illuminating and take us/me a lot further into aspects of online learning. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Ka rawe!

Comment by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2013 at 16:06

He mihi nui kia koe - and thank you for sharing this thought provoking article.

One of the first things that struck me was that the focus was on a very specific take on what a MOOC comprises (something that is discussed in more depth in this post). It is portrayed in this article as a teacher-centred enterprise where learners interact with content (videos, presentation files etc), and very little is mentioned about the power of co-construction and working within a global, eclectic online community or communities.

One things that seemed obvious about the learners discussed in the article is that they have very well-developed intrinsic motivation. It feels as though it is the learning itself that drives them, as much as the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in what they perceive as valuable learning experiences. There was also a strong sense of 'access'. As long as the learners were able to access some sort of device connected to the Internet they were able to participate. That for me, is a powerful aspect of MOOCs as a concept.

There did appear to be an interesting blurring of the notions of knowing about, learning to apply, and becoming an expert in something, which seemed to suggest that there was little understanding of the difference between information, knowledge and skills (although, it could well be that the brevity of the article and the quotations chosen 'muddy the waters'). This aspect links into a much wider discussion about what learning is and how we participate in those experiences (formal, non-formal and informal).

And so the conversation continues :-)

Aku mihi nui ki a koe

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