I am wondering how fractals and MOOCs are related.
What could we see in everyday’s news? Isn’t the information about MOOCs repeated in the forms of fractals throughout the web?
I could see the magnifying part of the initial “butterfly effect” repeated on and on, and revealed in hundreds to thousands posts, with nearly every posts starting with its genesis.
Let’s examine a few posts:
1. See this Post OER
In July 2011, the MOOC era was born. Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig of Stanford offered, “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” now known as the first widely recognized MOOC. By January 2012, at least three organizations had formed to exploit the MOOC phenomenon: edX (started by MIT and Harvard), Coursera, and Udacity (start-up, for-profit companies founded by Stanford professors).
2. In this Understanding the MOOC trend, will free, large-scale course offering become a lasting fixture in higher education?
3. Investment Analysis: It was with much fanfare that xMOOC big-beast Coursera announced that it has turned a small annual income,equivalent to a little over £140k, from its own activities. This represents the first gleanings of a return on venture capital estimated at around £10.4m ($16m) over one year of operation.
4. This post on moocs-are-no-education-panacea-but-heres-what-can-make-them-work.
5. Post on how-to-make-a-mooc-mit-style.
What are the common ideas and themes in this fractal inside fractals (MOOCs) images across the webs, networks and internet?
Learning relates to learners. It is about educational experience of learners, about its learning environment. Now, such educational experience is offered for free by the MOOC providers. Educators and learners are coming into the intersection of Higher Education Institutions and MOOCs, where they meet, interact, leading to new and emergent education and learning experiences.
These messages, ideas and memes on MOOCs are just mixed and matched, re-shaped, re-purposed and feed-forwarded to nodes of networks, and amplified or dampened throughout the social networks, and anchored on blog posts, educational webs, news media, and forums.
Does it sound familiar to those Connectivist principles relating to PLE and connectivist learning and emergent knowledge- where aggregation, curation, remixing, re-purposing and feed forward is based upon?
Here, these fractals (ideas, values and pedagogies and beliefs) are just repeating themselves in different forms, or changing directions when the agents change their natures (like the business models of education) , and adding new flavors (MOOCs, professors, OERs etc.) to the fractals, leading to the new forms of fractals yet to be discovered. Such morphing along the educational landscape leads to new and emergent forms of education, where the patterns of education might be based on yet very simple basic forms of learning in the form of fractals.
If you see MOOCs as fractals, they become the fractals. They would multiply and you just don’t know where it would land and develop, as though they would never end.
Are technologies fractals too? Here cMOOCs are soft technology and xMOOCs are hard technology, though you could have a hybrid of c and x MOOCs where soft and hard technologies are mixed.