xMOOC vs cMOOC: A MOOC Dys resource

An infographic for a complete explanation !

What is the difference between a xMOOC vs cMOOC? And what kind of training will the MOOC Dys be? We offer you a free and reusable resource : an infographic to understand the world of MOOC !

What is a MOOC ?

In the training’s world, people tend to use mumbo jumbo.  Let’s try to understand some part of it 😉
First of all, what is a MOOC? A MOOC is the acronym for Massive Open Online Course  That means it’s :
  • 100% online training (e-learning
  • free training: MOOCs are free, only certification is payable
  • training is open to all regardless age or diploma

What are the difference between xMOOC vs cMOOC?

Specialists talk about xMOOC vs cMOOC.

The first MOOC was created by by two Canadian professors : Steven Downes and Eric Siemens in 2008.  That course title was “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge” or CCK08. Yet, it was another Canadian professor, Dave Cormier, who had the idea to callit “MOOC” or Massive Open Online Course.

You probably guessed it, already, cMOOC stands for Connectivist MOOC , as was the first free course for those Canadian students (about 2,200).

xMOOC is a much harder to guess : xMOOC stands for Extended MOOC or mechanical MOOC. The name is not quite satisfying because, even if  xMOOCs rely heavily on the automation of procedures, they are still valuable training tools.

In fact, nowadays MOOCs are a mixture of of both styles: in fact, they are more often than not, somewhat open and flexible xMOOCs.

The MOOC Dys is considered one of them : not entirely a connectivist MOOC, but open to a massive number of participation and collaboration.  A MOOC massively based on social learning.

An infographic to understand the difference between xMOOC vs cMOOC

The infographic below illustrates the main differences between the xMOOC (MOOC mechanical) and cMOOC (MOOC connectivist).

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