MOOC – Massive Open Online Communities


Coursera and the MIT Online Classes that opened up massive streaming of online course material have taken the global education scene by storm.  Google recently announced it was doing the same thing and creating their own MOOC based on the platform EdX and its nucleus engine known as course builder.  The article written by Carl Strausheim explains it here.

One of the biggest challenges in creating MOOC environments is the overall quality and experience.  Many students have given feedback and said the learning experience was great for certain type of online courses but was horrible and boring and canned for others.  It really all depends on the layout of the course, the material and back to the pedagogical goals of the learning modules.  Assessments are a large part of creating effective education.  In today’s complex flipped teaching (loading media and content on devices then using classes to do hands on) environments a whole new set of assessment techniques and tools need to be created.

Digital Learning Tree ( a start-up that recently launched its platform has great assessment tools built in.  Educators have said that it is much easier then Moodle or Blackboard and has many more features than Haiku.  It has often been compared to Udemy but after speaking with some of the users they say it has many more features for a different market, a virtual school rather than simply a course builder.