MOOC only from for-profit educational institutions?

networkMost MOOCs are made by persons in educational institutions, like universities or commercial for-profit firms.
One questions keeps being asked: What is your business model with MOOCs?
In my opinion this commercial view on MOOCs is only one possibility. Not for profit MOOCs do have a great future.  (profit in a commercial MOOC system is a problem)
Commercial MOOCs  do make expensive courses in a more or less old-school way, with lessons and tests, investing a lot of money and work in their  for-profit MOOCs. They try to invent a good MOOC format, and I think that is good. IT will improve  MOOCs.
To organize a Not for profit MOOCs one does not need a lot of money and most of the work is been done by the participants.  (I do not belittle the work or the level of non-commercial MOOCs for the not-for-profit MOOCs I know of  are done in a very smart and dedicated way)

People do  not understand the need for Massive in a MOOC.  A DOCC feminism and technology wants to be a non-massive course,. It will be a course with a lot of teachers and facilitators. A MOOC needs to be massive to become diverse . Diversity in knowledge, attention, communication style, learning habits etc. By being diverse the network in the MOOC will be powerful, and the participants will be able to connect in a fruitful way.



3 thoughts on “MOOC only from for-profit educational institutions?

  1. Good points on both diversity and variety in MOOC formats. Old school type MOOCs though maybe not capturing the value of openness do create an atmosphere of experimentation with the old and tired institutions that will help them change. It’s their nature to be slow? Yes, I think so.
    Other presentation methods will suit the groups to be served. Like authors adjust themselves to the character of their audience, MOOC creators could produce cognitive genres or flavours and people could select “learning styles” they’ve never tried. An old professor could try out non-linear logic to cure himself of being a know-it-all. A businessperson a course in community activism.
    Where I used to work the college is thinking of applying for a grant to produce a MOOC for online teaching. The way they have to do it with education ministry permissions, formal funding and hiring people “qualified” by some other institution in educational “innovation” will necessarily create an over-structured and probably lifeless learning experience. But what can they do–it’s all they know?
    Commercially, there might be an opening in MOOCs as a kind of training ground for adaptive thinking? Schools seem totally unable to produce thinkers that can navigate without a fixed and “taught” method–their mandate may be to free people from method but it’s like teaching people to be cool, it doesn’t work. So MOOCs could be chugging along all over the place generating content that no one knows what to do with and people could be sent into these wild areas to practice comfort in uncertainty.
    As a final comment. I’ve looked at the DOCC proposal and I think they might be closing their groups so students can feel safe in exploring feminist principals. In spite of the impression some have that free thinking is valued in North America, strong opinions rule the discourse and some ideas need protection in order to develop.

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