Just heard that about 8000 people are participating in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) ‘Teaching with Moodle’. In its 1st week now, the course has generated 6000 forum posts, nearly 2500 badges have been awarded and almost 2000 courses have been requested. What do MOOCs have going for them?
Here are a few things:
1. Free (Almost, unless one wants certification, or verification)
2. Content of interest (People have a choice to participate in the subject of their choice- there is immense intrinsic motivation )
3. Recognition (Peer and professional through Badges and boards )
4. Social (6000 forum posts? No standalone elearning, book, or ILT will generate this much interaction).
Again, how will corporations leverage this shift in how people choose to learn? The shift will neither be instantaneous, nor easy. A smooth, successful migration / inclusion will require a framework.
What do you think are the considerations?