Just a question: The M of MOOC is for Mass. What can we say about mass?
Mass is modern industrial. And human scale and small is conservative?
Are mass schools better than small schools?
Does emerge more in a mass?
Is connection between mass and abundance?
Or maybe a MOOC is just Massive, just because it is possible to organize a mass event with help of social media? No second thoughts on pros and cons of mass for learning? Massive by coincidence, change or accident?
Surowiecki, J. (2004) The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, is a voice in favor of masses.
Does a MOOC share the disadvantages of big institutions? Is a MOOC of a human scale, is more alienation in a MOOC than in a small university or college?
Maybe the difference is to be found here: School is an institution and a physical environment and exists for a long time, and a MOOC (and crowd sourcing) is a short time virtual event.
What is the advantage of Mass in a MOOC? “… There’s a good chance of a small but critical mass of active performers emerging from large numbers of individuals connecting in whatever roles they choose – personal, collaborative, ‘toe-dipper’, lurker, or even troll….” (gbl55)
In MOOC principles and course design (comments) diversity is mentioned and connected to size of the MOOC.
In discussions on quality of solutions from crowd sourcing diversity is mentioned as an important factor. I wonder what is the distance between MOOC and crowd sourcing? However, is Mass a guarantee for diversity?
A student in a MOOC does not connect to all other students, so why is mass important for this student? Is it because a massive course is a rich learning environment?