Comment on Comparing xMOOCs and cMOOCs: philosophy and practice by Linda Harasim

October 16, 2014 Linda Harasim

Tony: Pls. clarify where the distinction between cMOOCs and xMOOCs was articulated? By whom? Who came up with the concept of cMOOC and xMOOC? If cMOOC means “connectivist MOOC”, then all of the definitions of connectivist learning theory apply. And it makes cMOOCs MORE rather than less, part of the MOOC family.

Both Siemens and Downes have acknowledged that MOOCs represent the ‘modus operandi’ of connectivist learning theory.

Moreover, the original MOOC ( created and implemented by Siemens/Downes) was the for-credit University of Manitoba course: CCK08. This course, ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ enrolled 25 for-credit paying students,and was open to public participation (which generate 2,500 enrollees, of which approximately 1% completed the course).

Tony: would you not agree that the original ‘MOOC’ by Siemens and Downes was an xMOOC?

So where does cMOOC come in, either in theory or practice? And more specifically, by whom?? Is it real, and distinct from the connectivist MOOC and if so, how? And why should we care? What is wrong with the human-organized Community of Practice?????

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