To share the experience learnt from MobiMOOC courses, which are free, open online courses on the subject of mobile learning. Inge Ignatia de Waard published an eBook MOOC YourSelf – Set up your own MOOC for Business, Non-Profits, and Informal Communities. (licensed with CC BY-SA)
A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a gathering of participants, of people willing to exchange knowledge and experience for each other to build upon. The course puts forward information and content links as an optional starting point for all the participants to build upon: adding their own resources and produce additional, contextualized content. As such it is within the hands of the participants and organizers of a MOOC to adapt it to the needs and the goals participants want to attain. This format allows all the actors of the course to open up a learning space in which the latest information and knowledge can be gathered, exchanged and critically translated into new, useful authentic learning. The community builds and adapts its own playground to the needs of their members. This allows them to use the information and to construct their own ideas or projects suiting their own needs.
A MOOC is a non-defined pedagogical format to organize learning/teaching/training on a specific topic in an informal, online and collaborative way. MOOCs can give rise or encapsulate to Communities of Practice(CoP) as described by Lave & Wenger(1991), in which communities are sharing a common understanding of purposes, process, and domain. MOOCs can provide vocational training, add to existing expertise, coordinate emergency relief, or simply provide a learning environment to get similar groups to enter into dialogues and mutual engagement. This manual is meant to be a useful template that can be molded and built upon as out collective knowledge on MOOCs and new pedagogies grow.
MOOCs are an ideal format to cater to a wide variety of international as well as very local, learning and training needs. They can be set up for business purposes, adding to the training structure and strategy that is already in use, or it can be used to set up non-profit training to enhance the lives of people in all areas(sharing best crops practices between farmers, exchanging local cultures, rolling out emergency relief to disaster struck areas, educating those who are temporarily deprived of schools and/or teachers – refugees), or they can simply be developed and engaged with by enthusiasts – those who have a craving to learn more about something or share expertise.
This MOOC manual is based on the experiences and expertise gleaned from the MobiMOOC. Combining The Best of Both Worlds – #mLearning and MOOCs, you might grab some good ideas or learn tools useful to MOOC yourself in an agile way.