As the maturation of MOOCs moves from massive to meaningful, this might be evidenced in the rise of more collaborative experiences.
When Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) first emerged around a decade ago – the term ‘MOOC’ itself first started to be used in 2008 – they were trumpeted as the future of learning. They would transform education by opening up courses to people all over the world. All that was needed to join this educational revolution was a computer, in some cases just a smartphone, and an Internet connection.
The third annual Second Life MOOC (SLMOOC16) will take place from April 1-30, 2016 on WizIQ (click here to access the course). The theme of the current MOOC is “Connecting in Virtual Worlds. Communities of Practice” There is a plethora of communities in virtual worlds promoting education and learning through connecting online via web technologies such as Second Life. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through virtual worlds like Second Life, Minecraft or OpenSim. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.
SLMOOC16 is for educators, schools, and public and private businesses that wish to provide training in virtual worlds. Weekly badges and a final certificate of completion will be available for free.
There will be 3 learning areas: WizIQ, Moodle for Teachers, and Second Life MOOC areas.