Experience about Mooc (open online course) by Cinémadoc

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aiming at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education and often use open educational resources. Typically they do not offer academic credit or charge tuition fees. Only about 10% of the tens of thousands of students who may sign up complete the course.

At this time, online courses open to all ( MOOC ) are popular and caused by the very disproportionate praise (well the knowledge is made available to all!) and critics argued more or less ( for example , or even and for active monitoring ). The main criticisms relate both to the fact that these courses online reproduce the dominance of English universities and the fact that they perpetuate the principle of unidirectional transmission of the teacher-expert (the “talking heads”) to the student ignorant. Despite their success (linked in this perspective they are free, in the convergence of digital media and a fad), the MOOC would be somewhat of a regression compared to previous attempts of online courses. This article does not cover MOOC in general, but a particular case, the current E-Learning and Digital Culture (University of Edinburgh, hosted on Coursera). Rémy Besson write this article to answer – albeit partial – these criticisms. Designed and coordinated by a group of five teachers (Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair, Hamish Macleod, Sian Bayne and Jeremy Knox), it took place between late January and early March 2013 (5 weeks). According to information that has been communicated to the participants, about 40,000 people have registered and 7,000 people attended the education so active (connection on the platform every week). Although an introductory course, it was also explained that most of the participants had a higher level of education (students with master teachers, qualified young professionals, etc.).. Free does so – of course – not open to all knowledge.

Rémy Besson gives us a very interesting feedback that I encourage you to read (an english translation exist) : MOOC et méta-MOOC sont sur le réseau…


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