A MOOC is a free, online course available to anyone.
- MOOC = Massive, Open Online Course.
- MOOCs are aimed at large scale participation.
- MOOCs are often hosted on a wiki, blog or a Google site.
- MOOC activities might include watching videos, posting on discussion boards, and commenting via social media platforms.
- MOOC instructors may use social media tools to foster collaborative participation and peer-to-peer learning.
- MOOC participants come from many walks of life. Courses benefit from a rich diversity of ideas.
Differences between MOOCs and OER (Open Educational Resources):
- Material can often be remixed and redistributed.
- No faculty participation. OER materials are out on the Web for use by others without interaction.
- MOOCs are not changeable in any way.
- Full or mini courses have a specific start and end date.
- Faculty or graduate assistants participate in the course and interact with students.