The act of structuring and being left behind

by Amy Woodgate

In a world of divergent MOOC types, we are left comparing the differences in ways that diverge them further. Yet it seems surprising that the similarities which remain have been left quietly in the background.

What appears most striking is the composition of the MOOC itself remains very similar – irrespective of the author’s role in the realm of intended audience, the author themselves undertakes a searching/sourcing task of collating a collection of resources for others to engage with, with they themselves undertaking a learning process which many can follow or glean insight/understanding from once published.

“Being digital makes them not circumscribed by space constraints or by resource availability.” — Rodriguez (2013)

Oh but it does! Just because it is online, doesn’t mean it’s accessible, nor does it mean the resource will be there.

Either way, the resources used are chosen for their mass online accessibility – if it can not be found or viewed, it can not be used, unless instructed by the tutor as necessary for the course upfront (a notion most non-US xMOOCs stay clear of due to different cultural education styles and irony of the ‘open’ label). As a result, there is positive bias associated with open resources.

Will this cause a cultural shift?

Will resources not found freely available online be left behind?

(Article) xMOOC or new publishing paradigm?

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