From MOOC to personal learning

Posted on October 31st, 2015

There are many studies about MOOCs in the media. Stephen Downes, who leads the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, explores a different type of MOOC, known as the cMOOC. The cMOOC “is based on connection rather than content, looks more like an online community than a course, and doesn’t have a defined curriculum or formal assignments.” The free-form nature of the cMOOC means that students have to “manage their own time, find their own resources, and structure their own learning.” Downes explores what enables a person to learn effectively in a cMOOC and examines what type of learning design or technology is best suited to support learning in this community-based environment.