MOOCS TO EXPLORE
Beyond Facebook: theopenclassroomadlc.
Connectivism and Connected Knowledge:
Exploring Our Digital Footprints Together:
Google Power Searching: www.google.com/
Learning Open Educational Resources:
P2PU School of Ed: www.p2pu.org/school-
Variations of MOOCs
As these new courses evolve, they span a broader continuum. We’re starting to see subcategories of MOOCs, such as
cMOOCs and xMOOCs:
cMOOCs. These are what online learning researcher Stephen Downes calls the original connectivist MOOCs.
cMOOCs are characterized by deeply participatory learning conducted in peer groups of facilitators and participants. These types of MOOCs often involve participants
blogging or creating projects. Assessments tend to be project based and authentic. While cMOOCs are often smaller
than traditional MOOCs, they can achieve scale through
cohorts of participants that form social learning groups.
xMOOCs. These are the newer MOOCs, such as those of-
fered by Udacity and Coursera. They are truly massive,
with participants in the tens of thousands or more. These
MOOCs tend to focus on content mastery, especially in
academic areas such as computer science or mathematics
that lend themselves better to independent study.