Open Learning 2018: a cMOOC

Have you heard about this cMOOC on Open Learning?  I have only just learned that the c is about connection and community, and c courses are free-form in nature.  They have no formal structure or assignments as other MOOCs have.

Beyond that I am still wrapping my head around what a cMOOC is and whether I am up for the challenge.  Stephen Downes in his blog post, Becoming MOOC, lays it out very eloquently.  I appreciate his explanation of the types of literacies that appropriate for a cMOOC: 21st century literacies and digital literacies through references to the Framework for 21st Century Learning put out by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Mozilla Foundation’s Web Literacy Map.  Sadly, my explanation of his post would pale in comparison to what Stephen has written.  I guess I have not yet become MOOC.  Please take the time to read his post.

What I can say is that, unless you have the skills associated with these literacies, your chances of being successful in a cMOOC are probably slim.  So, when considering whether to ‘enroll’ in a cMOOC you need to ask yourself if you have these skills:

  • collaboration
  • creativity
  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • workplace skills
  • information media skills
  • traditional core types of literacy and numeracy
  • exploring (within the “chaotic environment”)
  • building (aka content creation like authoring and art)
  • connecting (it is primarily about being social)

Or, do you feel that you can develop these skills well enough and quickly enough through the course of the cMOOC to be an effective contributor?  Do you have, as Downes quotes K. Brennan, ‘self-efficacy’ to achieve success in the cMOOC?  A tough question, I know.  My answer is, ‘I hope so.’