MOOCs is the new buzzword, and if you have taught in School, College, University level or been a Corporate trainer, you could create a MOOC. If you are a leader in any field, politics, business, religion and spirituality or in education, you could use a MOOC to take your message to the world. If you tell stories, you can become a story teller with great reach and following.
In either case, or even if you’re not jumping immediately to the learning stage, please do continue to do a bit more thinking. Also remember, MOOCs need not be only in English. They can be in Hindi, any Indian language or for that matter in any language of the world, because MOOCs often use less text and more audio and video.
Think of a MOOC idea. Think of a learning need that is not easily met by prevailing teaching systems. A new concept, buzzword or challenge that has just emerged and not many persons other than yourself are knowledgeable about it. Or you may have spent years pursuing a personal interest and now have insights that you may want to share with others.
MOOCs are still evolving, and a proper classification scheme does not really exist. In the literature, the term xMOOCs and cMOOCs are used to distinguish primarily University type courses led by a faculty and more participative courses where everyone contributes. Of course both types have peer group interaction. I have used the terms ‘nano-learning MOOCs’, ‘micro-MOOCs’ and ‘mini-MOOCs’ relating to the duration of teaching in a traditional lecture format. There can be another classification in terms of size of cohort, because massive can be anywhere from 100 to 100,000. They can be classified on the basis of the target group that would benefit most or on the nature of content. One person has proposed 12 dimensions along which to classify MOOCs. Eventually we would end up with millions of almost unique MOOCs. Another classification scheme categories four types of MOOCs. The four categories use the same content types (videos, audios, assignments) and activities and are not mutually exclusive as a MOOC might evolve during its lifetime.
1. Unique MOOCs: on topics where you have a unique expertise worldwide; these MOOCs seek to enhance your visibility and help build your brand and reputation globally.
2. Captive MOOCs: can be used to deliver learning to a large number of captive enrolled students delivering higher engagement than traditional distance learning, with the possibility to reach out to the world.
3. Continuing Professional Education MOOC: in the field of medicine, healthcare, law, computing and Information Technology, education etc.
4. Life-long learning MOOCs: includes everything that is towards self-improvement: a better learner, a better parent, better at relationships, dealing with the ‘ second half ‘ of life etc.
Please feel free to use your own structure and format for submission of MOOC ideas and mail it to flipMOOC@gmail.com with ‘ MOOC idea’ in the subject line.