“A MOOC is an online course with the option of free and open registration, a publicly shared curriculum, and open-ended outcomes” (McAuley, B. Stewart, G. et al 2010:10) . according to Doug Clow there are different types of MOOCs and he elaborates on two types of MOOCs namely (cMOOCs) and (xMOOCs) but in his blog titled MOOC types: The xMOOC, cMOOC, and rMOOC. Frederick Mudavanhu unpacks a third kind of MOOC known as rMOOC.
MOOCs are growing substantially in numbers and with their growth MOOCs are increasingly being offered by academic institutions and by independent facilitators, where on some occasions academic institutions are working in conjunction with independent platform providers to offer MOOC courses to public.
To my understanding MOOCs offer an organic platform that allows both course instructors (subject matter expects) and students to learn, work and collaborate beyond a typical face to face classroom scenario both locally and internationally. Apart from MOOCs being able to offer courses at a significantly lower cost to learners, and the ability of students being able to attend a course from a different continent, amongst other benefits. MOOCs offer make use of the potential of streamlining learning processes in variety of ways, which include but are not limited to student engagement, where students watch videos, read, source and share online course material. MOOCs are also about how information disseminated to learners by subject matter expects is used by learners.
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