So, what, exactly, is a “MOOC”?

In 2012 and 2013, so far, there has been a lot of talk about massively open online courses, which are commonly known as “MOOCs”.

Almost every session that we attended at the 2013 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting mentioned MOOCs, and the 2013 Horizon Report predicts that MOOCs will see widespread adoption in higher education over the next 12 months.

The video below, published by the New York Times, provides a very good introduction to what MOOCs are, and what they might mean for higher education.


Do you have any experience with MOOCs, or thoughts about their potential impact on higher education?

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