There is a growing trend to MOOCs that I am seeing lately. Massive Open Online Courses are usually run at the college level for credit but are open for free to anyone who wants to participate without getting credit. I thought I would share an example of two that are starting in the next couple of weeks that you could check out. You may not have any interest in actually participating in either of these but you might find some of the ideas of how they are using online technologies to modify the traditional classroom intriguing.
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (shared by Steve Ediger at United World College)
Stephen Downes and George Seimens are starting a Massive Open Online Course on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. It begins on January 17 and lasts for 12 weeks, although the course ‘materials’ (in a MOOC about connectivism, materials simply provide a starting point; the conversation is the important thing) are on-line now. Here’s a glimpse at the first week.
Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that will begin on January 10th, 2011. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer , a hardy internet connection, a domain of your own, some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster (and we’ll spend time helping you get up and running with at least two of the last three requirements).
As to what exactly this course is all about, well according to Wikipedia Digital Storytelling is defined rather succinctly as “using digital tools so that ordinary people can tell their own real-life stories.”
Find out more at http://ds106.us/about/