I have been thinking hard and long on what Changes mean in a MOOC, based on Connectivism. There must be some changes in concept: Simplicity (in pattern, knowledge, and learning) that would emerge out of complexity and chaos, based on self-organizing networks, and most important of all, that could be based on creative, emergent and cooperative or collaborative principles, and are people oriented.
This video sets off the first concept: To thrive on MOOC, think differently, but achieve something Way beyond each could accomplish.
How? Here it is based on the 4 Cs Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
“In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the 3R’s they are tested on in school. It’s time to help them go “above & beyond”, by embracing the 4Cs –communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
In this paper on Towards a Theory of Intrinsically Motivating Instruction (Malone, 1981), such Theory is based on three categories: challenge, fantasy, and curiosity.
Curiosity is separated into sensory and cognitive components, and it is suggested that cognitive curiosity can be aroused by making learners believe their knowledge structures are incomplete, inconsistent, or unparsimonious.
That sounds to me quite an AHA moment, when I reflected on how intriguing it is when navigating over various social and learning networks. The curiosity to know sounds more like in search for Waldo.
Or is Waldo the knowledge source on the internet?
Or in search of the mob culture, via sharing and enjoying learning together.
Such changes in way of education and learning would surely provide a more creative and curious learning space for learners to navigate.
How does it sound in MOOC? Here a global network of educators and learners are all “dancing” with their cultures, sharing the knowledge through different discourses, and creating and distributing knowledge via networks.