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Reuse is Key to Positive MOOC and OER Impact

December 29, 2012

Classroom Aid

by Timothy Vollmer, first published on CreativeCommons.org : Keeping MOOCs Open (licensed under CC BY)

MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately. Just in the last year or so, there’s been immense interest in the potential for large scale online learning, with significant investments being made in companies (CourseraUdacityUdemy), similar non-profit initiatives (edX) and learning management systems (CanvasBlackboard). The renewed interest in MOOCs was ignited after last year’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course offered via Stanford University, when over 160,000 people signed up to take the free online course. The idea of large-scale, free online education has been around for quite some time. Some examples include David Wiley’s 2007 Introduction to Open EducationConnectivism and Connective Knowledge, led by George Siemens and Stephen Downes…

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