I have joined a couple of MOOC’s, including two Norwegian ones, and so far I have to say I am not particular impressed. The educational content is of course impeccable, but the concept relies heavily on one or two videos pr. topic and masses of text with links. In other words not only “same shit” but also “same wrapping” as all other ordinary e-learning courses that has been in existing since time immemorial. Not that I am that much surprised , but still; one should have thought that at least heavy and innovative use of social media would be an important part of these MOOC’s. But no.
It was therefore welcome news that University of Edinburgh‘s MOOC “E-learning and Digital Cultures (EDCMOOC)” would not be taught via a series of video lectures but rather a selection of rich resources through which students can begin to engage with the themes of the course. EDCMOOC will utilise Twitter, Flickr and blog, and encourages students to start using these services.
On EDCMOOC’s Coursera page they write that: “The course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect and what this means for the ways in which we conduct education online. The course is not about how to ‘do’ e-learning; rather, it is an invitation to view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular and digital culture.”
This could be really interesting and I am looking forward to start this course 🙂