A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. Did you know that the 1st one was launched in 2008? It was called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge/2008’ (CCK8), created by educators Stephen Downes & George Siemens. Building off a for-credit course at the University of Manitoba, Canada, this was the first class designed behind the acronym of ‘MOOC’ & used many different platforms to engage students with the topic, including Facebook groups, Wiki pages, blogs, forums and other resources. (To read more click "MOOC Origins").
Now MOOCs are everywhere - see edX.org, coursera.org and futurelearn.com to name just three of the leading platforms. For further information email our Groups Co-ordinator, &/or click the link on the right "U3A Advice On Using MOOCs".
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FutureLearn, (a platform founded by the Open University in Dec-2012), had a short course, ‘Strategies for Successful Ageing’, offered by Trinity College Dublin. It ran for 5 weeks, with two-hours-a-week study time. We thought this was a great opportunity to involve Meopham U3A members in a demonstration of what multi-media ‘social learning’ could offer. The short downloadable videos, reference materials & discussion forum, provided entirely free by FutureLearn, were complemented by MOOC group meetings in the Meopham area between in Feb & Mar-2016. This group presented a brief summary of the course at the Member's Meeting in Jun-2016. The course was repeated again in Sep-2016.
To join a MOOC, simply google Futurelearn (or click the link above), and sign up with your email address and a password.