MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
There are a number of reasons why the term MOOC is a misnomer.
- Many MOOCs are massive but not open (e.g., http://www.udacity.com/legal/)
- Many MOOCs are open but not massive (e.g., http://learninganalytics.net/syllabus.html)
- Many MOOCs try very hard not to be courses (e.g., http://cck11.mooc.ca/how.htm)
Well, at least all MOOCs offered to date have been online – so at least there’s one thing we can agree on.
I hate this term. Almost every so-called MOOC violates at least one letter in the acronym. Why are we using this word that doesn’t describe the things we attach it to?
Bonus complaint: The MOOCs which are “massive but not open” pose a special threat to the future of OER, but no one seems to be paying attention… Before long the general public will feel that “free” is good / innovative enough, and no one will care about “open,” permissions, or licensing. The good has once again become the enemy of the best. And how to you wage a PR war against “the good?”