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.