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.