If you are reading this, you are probably curious about Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs, a form of distance learning that some say is changing education as we know it, MOOC News and Reviews reports. If you search Google for massive open online courses, you will get a massive number of results: more than two billion articles among Wikipedia, blogs, newspapers, discussion forums, databases . . . . All this content can be overwhelming, especially if you just want to have an overview of how MOOCs function. … Another antecedent to the MOOC is iTunes U, launched by Apple in 2007 to offer education materials for download. Many universities and other institutions joined the site, creating courses especially designed for the format or simply posting podcasts, video lectures or textbooks for free download by anyone in the world. Those initiatives influenced most MOOCs offered nowadays. If you browse courses on any MOOC provider, you will see that many have characteristics of iTunes U’s classes, of Khan’s videos and also of Connectivism and Connective Learning/2008 and of later versions of that class.

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