Brief

What defines a MOOC?

Dive Summary:

  • MOOCs — massive open online courses — are taking off, but there's no one-size-fits-all answer for what a MOOC looks like. 
  • MOOCs can be split into at least two categories: xMOOCs and cMOOCs — xMOOCs excel at delivering content to large audiences and providing free education, whereas cMOOCs foster collaboration among students and create smaller niche communities.
  • Each has pros and cons: cMOOCs are better for material that benefits from discussion; xMOOCs are not a good choice for material that is objective.

From the article:

... cMOOCs and xMOOCs each have distinct advantages, and it is important to select the format that best suits the learning and project goals of a particular course. ​...

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