How to survive and thrive in a Massive Open Online Course

As you surely know, Massive Open Online Courses are the big trend in online education. The New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2013 views MOOCs as the technology trend of the year, MOOC News and Reviews reports. The MOOC concept is spreading rapidly from what was initially developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Now institutions like Coursera, Udacity and edX have taken over the conversation, offering a wide variety of courses open to learners around the world. Meanwhile, leading universities like Stanford, as well the Open University (OU) in the U.K. are jumping on the bandwagon with their own MOOCs. … When choosing a MOOC, simply follow your interests. The three big providers, Udacity, edX, Coursera are a good start for your search, but you might want to look for other independent MOOCs, like the MobiMOOC, the OldsMOOCor the #COER13 I am taking right now. (Each of these is for educators learning how to implement educational technology.) However, don’t make the same mistake I did by taking more than one MOOC at a time.