Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work….And Fail…And Why Playing with Others Is No Frivolous Distraction
MOOCs—Massive Open Online Courses—are not the same thing as the enormously popular interactive games titled Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). Nor are they the same thing as going to college. And this matters.
The latest change in the higher education world is the arrival of something called MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses, as Harvard and MIT announced something called EdX in May 2012. These have evolved from the Open Courseware begun so generously by MIT a decade or so ago, and build on a growing body of scholarship about the ways online education can be used to make higher education more accessible to large numbers of people, or how to deal with the massification of higher education.
One of the most interesting aspects of it, though, is that when people are finished they earn badges.