Some remarks on Slip Sliding Away: The Open in MOOC .
* Is it an open course when you do not have to register?
If you do not register how could you get in touch with teachers, students? In my opinion a course is a social event, participants working together .
On the internet you will find “how-to’s”, content to learn without the social component. Reading a book on your own could be learning without the social component.
* Is it a course when having full access to all the content?
Open access to content is very important. But Open Access does not make a course. Open Content is not always necessary for an Open Course. In an Open Course on Modern Art you will not be permitted to engage in the 4R activities with the works of art of the Museum.
* Does a course need content presented by the presenter of the course?
A course is not a bucket of content dumped on the internet. “Thrown over the wall” as we say here. I know of university courses starting without a reader or content.
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