About MOOCs (George Siemens) Open learning is in the O of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Open has a lot of connotations, free, gratis, take what you like, for everybody, etc. Open is a quality, a course could be very open or almost closed, and open is some aspects and closed in other aspects. Chris Chrissman’s introductory video says this too. Open has a political meaning, in the declararion of Human Rights.
In https://connectiv.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/why-open/ I did ask questions on Open in Open Learning. The educational argument is in the description of connectivism: Connectivism: Knowledge is out there, it is not in my head. Learning is connecting to knowledge and to people related to my learning. We learn by connecting your communication and mine about the subject. So Open Learning could enhance my learning and your learning. Open learning is part of the open knowledge movement.
Synchronous learning is difficult, because Australia and New Zealand do sleep when the Americas are in daylight, and Europe and Africa are in between. It is almost impossible to make a real world wide course synchronous.
I did some of the MOOCs of George Siemens and his compadres. The 10% completion of MOOCs is subject of discussion. 10% completion of students in a course with 20.000 students is still a huge number. In http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ874978 is a discussion of problems in this field. We should not compare a college or university course with a MOOC or other distance education because of differences in student demographics, etc.
It might be interesting to have one or two methods of interaction within your online course, but to encourage students to branch out and discover other ways of sharing ideas. I’d have to think about how to implement this. (Robert Bond in http://wordpress.miracosta.edu/gatewaytowisdom/2014/04/03/week-21-web-enhanced-hybrid-and-open-classes/) In the MOOC pages you will find a lot of materials to use for encourage students to use these methods, http://change.mooc.ca/.
Peruse Michael Wesch’s course page.
The course page is in need of a teacher to show me the way. I could not find a map, nor tags. It is a huge library, but the perspective is not clear to the visitor. I did find some nice pages and sources in it.
In distance learning connections are important: (http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/IR/id/983) Wiley deliberately encouraged learner-learner
interactions between both face- to- face and distance learners. He also
personally engaged with learners at a distance. Students in the course reported
benefiting from these interactions ( Fini et al., 2008). Efforts to make connections among students are very valuable The present study indicates that these benefits are more likely to be received when effort is made by the teacher to connect the on campus and distance students.