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https://twitter.com/nwin was over earlier for a seminar... was chatting to him after about whether moox (industrial scale or otherwise) are actually anti-developmental on a massive scale because they increase the opportunities for 'able' people without taking enough account of those who need more support... just like the 'old days' of higher education where those who are already practice 'deep' learning take full advantage of a lecture while the rest of the students are there scribbling it down verbatim. These are not easy questions for campus-based courses but with a mooc, with such reduced pedagogic influence, what can be done to address this problem?


Hi Martin! I'm curious! xMOOC or cMOOC? Best


@Mike - hi Mike, yes I've had similar concerns. Just as Gold Open Access may end up reinforcing an elite, so might open courses. It now won't be enough to have a degree but you can show you've also taken 10 MOOCs also to get a job, and that might favour people with time to do that (eg if you're working part-time it's difficult). But generally I think we have to say open courses that are free to everyone are a good thing.
@Antonio - I'm not sure where mine fits in that distinction. In pedagogy it is very activity and collaborative based so more cMOOC, but it's also a 'proper' university postgrad course (or part of one), so a bit xMOOC in that sense. That's a good thing I think, we want lots of different models and as George argues in the video one of the dangers of the xMOOC platforms is that it ties us into one model.


Hello, I'd be very interested in doing your six week course! I am an AL with the OU and would have loved to have done the full course but circumstances prevent it this year. Where is the 6-week version?




Hi Heather,
it'll be over in Openlearn (http://www.open.edu/openlearn/), but it's not up yet. It'll run in March, keep a look out here for further details, we'd love to have you.

Half Luke

Hello Martin,

I read your post and I was interested in following your course... until I noticed that Open University would charge the usual fees. What did I get wrong? I thought it was free...



Hi Luca
the full Masters course is charged at normal rate, but I'm running my section of it, which is 7 weeks long and focuses on open education as a MOOC. Hope that helps.


Hi Martin,

actually I mean your specific module, it's still charged on the Open University website...
Do you mean your section is free only when attended in person? Sorry about my confusiĆ³n.



Hi Luca - the module is 30 weeks long, and yes that is charged at full rate (as it has tutor support, assessment etc), but my block of that module is 7 weeks and that runs as a mini course in the open. Hope that clears it up.


ah ok now I understand thanks :)

Hmm... and where can I access your block? Unfortunately I really can't afford a full module with Open Uni right now



Just putting the finishing touches to my block, hope to put up a registration page soon. It'll start in March, so watch this space.

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