Given the ever-changing, of-the-moment nature of the MOOC debate, much conversation between scholars has taken place online, primarily on Twitter. As educators and administrators react to the news surrounding an increasing move towards online education, Twitter serves as an effective sounding board. The hashtag #moocs is much too all-encompassing and (not ironically) massive to study in any encapsulated way, but key events related to MOOCs are generally run and attended by avid Twitter users who create and utilise hashtags in order to track discussions surrounding the MOOC issue. This page (curated by Susie) will trace these conversations.

THATCamp Libraries

I wanted to include a THATCamp MOOC session in order to present the kind of conversation that might occur in the open structure of a THATCamp (as opposed to, say, MLA, which happened before our course started and isn’t officially included here). To my understand, THATCamps happen often, so I rather arbitrarily picked “THATCamp Libraries” to include in this archive of MOOC-related events (due to a quick Google search which led me here, first). I chose to write my own Storify which includes online notes, Tweets, and others’ Storifies.

Digital Pedagogy and MOOCification

Read more about NITLE’s “MOOC MOOC” online conference. The subhead of this Storify implies that the event took place on November 26, 2013. It actually occurred the week of February 26, 2013, indeed falling within the duration of our semester. This was the second “MOOC MOOC” to take place, the first having occurred during the summer of 2012, when the MOOC debate was really in its origins. Round II proved to be more focused while, of course, evolutive (much in keeping with the nature of our course). I did not write this Storify.

From Coursera’s Point of View

Here I’ve storify’ed Tweets from @Coursera throughout the semester. This allows us to see the news they’re sharing, giving a more “this is a success” viewpoint of MOOCs in higher education. While I’m aware that Udacity and EdX are other platforms participating in the MOOC phenomenon, Coursera seems to be at the heart of the issues, given its status as the original start-up and proliferative MOOC organization.

Coursera Partners’ Conference

Coursera Partners’ inaugural conference took place this year April 5-6, 2013, hosted by University of Pennsylvania. I have compiled Tweets and videos in this Storify of the event.

NITLE Summit and Symposium

@NITLE, the Twitter account for National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, is a great resource for following news related to MOOCs and higher education. Here, they’ve supplied a Storify for their recent Summit and Symposium which took place April 15-17, 2013. Rebecca Frost Davis, Program Office for the Humanities at NITLE is a key Tweeter for symposium, as well as regarding MOOCs in general.

MOOCs in higher education: education for everyone?

Click for a Storify of my live-tweeting from the UMD Libraries’ MOOC event, which took place April 30, 2013.

Major Players in the MOOC Universe

When the Chronicle released an infographic  on May 8, 2013, of the “major players” in the MOOC universe, Cathy Davidson spoke out about whether she belonged on such a graphic. I’ve compiled the story here.

–Susie Compton


MOOCs in the News

While curating articles for our Zotero library on MOOCs, one thing became abundantly clear–MOOCs are the hottest topic in education.  What’s all the hype about?  Visit our Zotero library  to find out!

Within the MOOC conversation there are many hot topics.  This Wordle breaks down the most-talked about issues found in our Zotero library.MOOC Wordle

–Courtney Wells


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