Comment on Comparing xMOOCs and cMOOCs: philosophy and practice by Tony Bates

October 19, 2014 Tony Bates

Many thanks for this, Jenny. I really admire your blog, and it’s great to have your endorsement for what I’m writing in my book.
I completely agree that any application of teaching or theory is likely to be somewhere on a continuum than at an absolute point. My experience of #Change11 was that it had elements of xMOOCs in it, in the form of weekly ‘lectures’ for instance, while many xMOOCs have networks of connections in the discussions or comments, and of course we are likely to see more convergence over time between cMOOCs and xMOOCs.
I do worry though when I begin to see descriptions such as bMOOCs and SPOCs. There seems to be an attempt, particularly by the Ivy League universities, to try to re-define all online learning as a variant of MOOCs, when in fact we have had SPOCS – small, private online courses – since 1995, in the form of online distance credit courses. Open universities also have been offering sMOOCs since the late 1990s, as have many continuing education departments. However their designs are very different – and I would argue, much more effective. It’s about time MOOC providers read and applied the research literature on, and best practices of, for-credit online learning, instead of trying to force an ineffective MOOC design on all online learning.

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