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 A massive open online course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants emphasized open-access features, such as open licensing of content, structure and learning goals, to promote the reuse and remixing of resources.

cMOOCs and xMOOCs

  • cMOOCs are based on principles from connectivist pedagogy indicating that material should be aggregated (rather than pre-selected), remixable, re-purposable, and feeding forward (i.e. evolving materials should be targeted at future learning). cMOOC instructional design approaches attempt to connect learners to each other to answer questions or collaborate on joint projects.
  • xMOOCs have a much more traditional course structure typically with a clearly specified syllabus of recorded lectures and self-test problems. They employ elements of the original MOOC, but are, in effect, branded IT platforms that offer content distribution partnerships to institutions.

Source – Wikipedia

MOOC Advantages

  • MOOC creates the opportunity for sharing ideas & knowledge
  • Convenience of learning including peer learning
  • Collaboration between learners & educators
  • Multilingual Support
  • Test your knowhow on the particular subject as it enhances active learning
  • No prerequisites are required for MOOC learning
  • The contact time between learner & educator is also used for discussions, experiments, project and group-work

MOOC Disadvantages

  • MOOC is not accredited
  • face-to-face communication is lost
  • Grading is difficult keeping in mind the volume of submissions of essays, research papers
  • Learners can easily drop out
  • IPR issues on courses & educators

Why KontentEdge?

Our qualified team of instructional designers, content developers, graphic designer, Editor, Quality Team, SME are majorly experienced on PPT’s (WBT’s), Video Lectures, Word Documents (Student guides, lab guides) & PDF OR eBooks, Demos (In-videos on actual software/application), Case Studies, Assessment (Pre & post) which form a part of any MOOC.

We were involved at the proposal ling stage for Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University.  

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Detailed MOOC Production Process

The below diagram explains step by step process of creating a MOOC including the R&R of the respective stakeholder.