I’m really excited to be starting a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) today! A MOOC is a new way of studying online in collaboration with a lot of other participants. The Digital Cultures and E-Learning course is being provided free by Edinburgh University on Coursera. It’s a chance for me to reflect on how technology affects learning. Is it a neutral tool? Does it drive change in education? How can I best understand my student’s use of it within a traditional school environment?
Apparently over 40,000 people have begun the course since it opened online yesterday evening and discussions are taking place across social media….on Twitter using the #edcmooc hashtag, through groups on Facebook and Google+. The interesting thing is that these groups have been started by individual participants rather than the course providers. The facilitators from the Edinburgh University MSC in Digital Education are providing the course content for the next 5 weeks but making suggestions about how individual students can collaborate to share their learning.