#MOOCMOOC Learning in MOOCs

What does it mean when learning online with MOOC?

Are students ready to learn with MOOC?  Who would succeed in completing MOOCs?

Cathy asks in her post: why-have-students-been-left-out-mooc-discussion?

 If you do not include students in the conversation, you are merely replicating the hierarchical Sage-On-The-Stage model of pedagogy but on line.  If students and learning are not intrinsically part of the MOOC conversation, then we’re not talking education.  We’re talking $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

I think there are differences in interests between teachers and students, as evident in MOOC conversation.  For students, their interests would likely be concerned about how MOOC would add value to their current study, and whether they could get a qualification and whether such experience would help them in employment.  From college students’ perspective, Jordan says:

MOOCs are great for those who have the free time and want to pick up a second trade or a hobby and do not want to go back to school, or for someone who does not have time to attend a traditional university and is thinking about entering a new field. Other than that, I see no true value in taking courses that an employer will not take seriously. Though these students may be equal as far as knowledge goes, their schooling method likely suggests otherwise.

I think MOOCs (especially c MOOC) go far beyond what Jordan has conceived, in that it could be designed for life-long and life-wide learning. Here in my post, I share:

What could MOOC offer that the AI course does not?  I haven’t compared the courses in great detail yet using research surveys, but here are my views. I reckon MOOC offered by George and Stephen would be more suitable for lifelong learners (especially for the adults learners, though there are some young learners who may be interested) and experienced educators, whilst AI, Machine Learning courses are more suitable for those young students – university or college students, or those adults who would like to pursue college education, and those who are lifelong learners, but are just interested in learning about the content, rather than the social learning associated with MOOC.

For educators, the questions relate to:

Are MOOCs suitable for all learners including K-12 students?

Well said Will in his post the learners we need.

Is MOOC for everyone? I shared my views here:
http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress… and more in my blog posts.

Motivation and certain digital literacy are expected in MOOC, and so for novices, support and encouragement from educators and peers would surely help. Would one need to be an extrovert? We noted that many MOOC participants were “introverts”, as revealed in researches into MOOCs (in my publication of my blog). I think success in a MOOC could be determined based on the individual perception and achievement of personal goals, rather than the achievement of prescriptive outcomes of the “MOOC”, in particular the c MOOC. This may be different in x MOOC where extrinsic motivation (with a statement of an accomplishment of the course) drives learning to a certain extent. Which MOOCs would be best for K-12 students? I reckon x MOOC would likely appeal to those who prefer a structured guided approach towards learning, but c MOOC may be excellent for those who have mastered the learning to learn skills, and advance themselves in the co-creation of knowledge and community with others and educators. That seems to be the ideal way of learning and teaching in a networked world, thus preparing learners to develop their capacity to learn and work in a complex learning environment and community landscape.

Postscript: I think there are different types of MOOCs for different learners, as I have shared in my post here.

Photo: Coursera


#MOOCMOOC Is mentoring part of the solution to MOOC?

Mentoring has been hailed as an effective solution in personal learning and development for decades.  It is one of the most effective strategies in apprenticeship programs, for new apprentices in trades up to PhD in Higher Education, and formal and informal development for supervisors, managers, directors etc.

Here in an article on Mentoring and Coaching:

Annual evaluation of the mentoring program has found that a majority of the protégés feel mentoring has increased their skills in program planning and implementation, and has helped them develop an understanding of the political and economic climate in the workplace. Mentors and protégés reported that the communication between them was conducted in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

Would mentoring work in MOOC?

Alec Couros has introduced mentoring as part of the program here. Lisa Lane has also incorporated mentors into her program in the past.

Photo: Google image (Cooper and Wheeler, 2007)

I have shared my views here on mentoring in MOOC.

Development of mentoring skills – one-on-one or one on many, many on many (peer mentoring) and organisation of learning activities (like b) – provision of a mentoring workshop where every participant could volunteer to become a potential mentor of MOOC (present or future).  In other words, peer mentors could be a good starting point for existing experienced educators to provide support to other less experienced educators or novice learners.  For those people who have less experience in teaching and learning, they could be involved in the program in many ways, like working in small groups, sub-networks, or individual projects and activities of their choice, such as blog post – learning or research, twitter – learning or research, FB – learning or research and exploration and research into various tools and technology – mobile learning, and COPs and research etc.  Conduction of actual interviews with educators, professors, and report on such interviews – via videos, blog posts etc. This could be done in wikis or a forum (a space of their choice).  Some initiation and organisation will be necessary to kick start such projects or activities.

Report on the exploration of some of the media or tools – like Amplify, Diigo, Scribe, Google +, Google Documents, wikis and research articles studied etc. could all be done in wikis, forum, or blog posts sharing.