MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
There are a number of reasons why the term MOOC is a misnomer.
- Many MOOCs are massive but not open (e.g., http://www.udacity.com/legal/)
- Many MOOCs are open but not massive (e.g., http://learninganalytics.net/syllabus.html)
- Many MOOCs try very hard not to be courses (e.g., http://cck11.mooc.ca/how.htm)
Well, at least all MOOCs offered to date have been online – so at least there’s one thing we can agree on.