I wanted to share some informative articles on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from University Affairs, a Canadian Higher Education publication. Has a nice balance between widespread accessibility and a nice critical approach. I’m including links to six articles here going back over the last two years.
The most recent one is probably the best of them. If you only have time for one article, read this one. It features an interview with Canadian researcher George Siemens of Alberta’s Athabasca University. Dr. Siemens, along with Dr. Steven Downes (formerly of Athabasca, now at Canada’s National Research Council, in New Brunswick) is considered to be one of the pioneers of the original MOOC concept. (Yes, MOOCs, a Canadian invention!)
It gives a lot of fascinating insights into the origins of the concept, where it has gone as it has gone more corporate and mainstream, and where it may be going in the future.
The other articles are great too, and give some insight into how the landscape has evolved over the last couple of years.
I hope to write something more substantive about MOOCs, with additional resources, including from research literature, sometime in the next couple of weeks. Currently reading a lot about this topic, and looking forward to sharing what I’ve found.
In the meantime, enjoy.