cMOOC vs xMOOC

The language around MOOCs is confusing, even for the people involved.1 For the record, the whole conversation is here and Cathy later indicates she knows the difference.2 Anyway, I did see it as a positive sign that Cathy Davidson was willing to engage in that kind of open conversation and she gets bonus points in my book for commenting on Alan’s blog a while back.3

I attempted to draw out some of the conceptual differences I saw between traditional courses (xMOOC) and courses which use the community in ways that matter (c-ish4 MOOC).

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward


cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward


1 h/t to Jon Becker for passing the tweet on to me.

2 Although I’d disagree with commercial vs connectivist delineation. It seems to assume that profit, rather than instructional design, is the delineator.

3 It was good that no one LMGTFY’ed her. Who says the Internet is rude?

4 I think a full on cMOOC would be closer to Dave Cormier’s Rhizomatic course but I think many people want the expert playing a more dominate role in the process. I don’t know if that’s because that’s what they’re used to or if there’s a deeper need to feel like someone knows the answers.

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