You might have noticed links to MOOCs in the right column of this blog. If you haven’t herad of MOOCs before, a MOOC is a:
Massive: Anyone from anywhere can participate, contribute and collaborate
Open: Open to anyone, no admission requirements, free
Online: Access – Internet connection and web enabled device
Course: A structured course around a topic (any topic), initiated by one or more individuals with an interest and background in topic (though not always).
Course content can be delivered via: readings, videos, live chats, wiki’s and/or discussion boards. MOOCs function as a traditional course, with a syllabus, guidelines but with many contributors. College credit or a certificate of completion is not given at this point, however with Mozilla’s initiative Open Badges this is due to change.
Some think MOOCs are the educational future – they certainly seem to be gathering popularity in eLearning continuing PD.
You can find more background at the blog source for the above definition at http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/whats-a-mooc/ or by simply Googling or Youtubing etc.