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The Wide World of MOOCs

What you need to know about Massive Open Online Courses
3.6 (58 ratings)
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2,291 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Tracey
Last updated 7/2013
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Get up to speed with MOOCs.
Gain the insight you need to start leveraging MOOCs for your own teaching and learning.
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  • A thirst for knowledge
MOOCs are taking the world by storm, but what exactly is a MOOC?

This course raises your awareness of this popular form of education, and gives you the insight you need to start leveraging them for your own teaching and learning.

You will learn what a MOOC is, where to find them, who delivers them, the courses that are available, how to sign up, what a MOOC looks like, and how you can learn socially through a MOOC.

This course includes a tour of a real MOOC, plus recorded Q&A sessions with the instructor.
Who is the target audience?
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Academics
  • L&D professionals
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 30:15
2 Lectures 03:02

Welcome to the course, about the instructor, and the learning objectives.


Define a "MOOC".
What is a MOOC?
Finding MOOCs
3 Lectures 03:53
Browse courses on Coursera, search for a course by keyword, filter the results, and review the course information.
Searching for MOOCs

Identify the educational institutions that deliver MOOCs on Coursera, find out more information about them, and determine the courses they offer.
Browsing MOOCs by institution

Find courses from multiple providers at a MOOC aggregator such as MOOC List or Class Central.
MOOC aggregators
Getting started
3 Lectures 01:56

Sign up to a MOOC on Coursera, and add yourself to the watchlist.

Signing up

See the courses in which you have enrolled, the courses you have completed, and the courses for which you are on the watchlist.
Course dashboard

Un-enroll from a MOOC in Coursera.
What a MOOC looks like
2 Lectures 02:45
Take a tour of a real MOOC.
MOOC tour

Learn socially via local meetups and social media.
Being social
Q&A with Ryan Tracey
10 Lectures 17:51
The role of MOOCs in democratising education.
Do MOOCs democratise education?

MOOC pedagogy
Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

Completion rate
Does the low completion rate matter?

Financial viability
Are MOOCs financially viable?

Impact on universities
Will MOOCs replace universities?

Opportunities for the corporate sector
What opportunities do MOOCs afford the corporate sector?

Tips for teachers
What tips can you offer teachers of MOOCs?

Tips for L&D pro's
What tips can you offer L&D professionals in organisations?

Tips for moocers
What tips can you offer participants in MOOCs?

The future of MOOCs
What is the future of MOOCs?
1 Lecture 00:22
Download readings and web links.
Readings and web links
1 Lecture 00:26
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About the Instructor
3.6 Average rating
65 Reviews
2,439 Students
2 Courses
E-Learning Provocateur
Ryan Tracey is an e-learning specialist by trade and a gourmet enthusiast by choice. His loves combining his two passions to make great courses about food and beverages.

Ryan is an E-Learning Manager in the financial services sector, and a trainer for the Australian startup Culture Cred.

Ryan holds a master’s degree in Learning Sciences & Technology from the University of Sydney, blogs as the E‑Learning Provocateur, and can be found on Twitter as @ryantracey.
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