I don’t know – there has to be a catch phrase in there someplace.
If you’ve been living under a proverbial educational rock for the last two years, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course.
- Massive: It’s big. MOOCS can have tens of thousands of students enrolled in them.
- Open: As in “free”.
- Online: Duh.
- Course: AS in content, assignments, classmates and an instructor (who, depending on the size, you may never have 1:1 contact with)
Hit the LINK to learn more about MOOCS from your friendly neighborhood Wikipedia site!
In any event, I’m taking the leap into MOOCdom (I like that one) by taking a *free course on Coursera on the topic of Gamification. The course is being offered by the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania (perhaps you’ve heard of it) and is taught by Kevin Werbach, co-author of For The Win. I threw the little asterisk next to the word “free” because I am taking the Signature Track of the course. For about $40 this will provide me a certificate from Coursera that I successfully completed the otherwise free course.
So far so good – two quizzes and about an 90 average between them. I just finished the first (very short) written assignment and should get my peer reviews of it in about 5 days.
I’ll be sure to blog about this as I go through the rest of the 6 week course, but in the meantime, I encourage you to check out Coursera and the tons of course available from them.