How much do you know about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? Dave Cormier has put together a short video that explains what they are and how they work:
Basically, a MOOC is a way of learning online outside of an institution-based environment. Learners often collaborate together via social media over a set period of time and participate in learning activities in an open environment that anyone can join for free Sometimes there is an option to pay a fee for course credit, but participation itself is free.
Learning through collaboration and interaction with others is a well established best practice in online learning; this is something that online courses have been doing through asynchronous discussion forums for over a decade. Taking the work outside of a university-based LMS setting, however, is a more recent innovation that could have an impact over the way educators think of e-Learning for years to come.
Have you ever participated in a MOOC? Tell us in the comments!