The new face of online learning – Diving into MOOCs

I am beginning my studies towards a MOOC – a Massive Open Online Course*.  Actually, I’m starting at least two. I’m killing two birds with one stone here – experiencing new forms of online learning as a learner, and learning stuff.

The first is David Wiley’s Canvas course Introduction to Openness in Education, described as a ‘broad but shallow’ introduction to the field of open education. This course will involve me blogging, and perhaps posting videos or other media, as my response to each module. These posts will be tagged with  ioe13. Incidentally, David Wiley’s TEDx talk on why openness is fundamental to education is well worth a look. This course looks to be (as you would expect by the content) very focused on sharing and connecting.

The other is Havard’s CS50 on EdX, an introduction to computer science course that I’m taking to refresh my dormant programming skills and set me up for delving deeper into the skills needed to making my own learning tools. So far I am very impressed – good content, automatic checking of assignments, differentiated tasks. One especially neat feature is the ability to watch lectures at 0.75, 1, 1.5 or 2 times the normal speed, perfect for the attention-challenged and impatient like me. The content seems very well structured too, clear and step-by-step, but with plenty of options to challenge those with more experience.

*  If you haven’t come across MOOCs before, have a read of this for a decent overview. Or, you know, google it.

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