When I first heard of a MOOC, a vision of a wooly beast came to mind – not quite. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs harness and embrace the power of the Internet, social media and students – with one admission requirement – the desire to learn.
Massive: Anyone from anywhere can participate, contribute and collaborate
Open: Open to anyone, no admission requirements, free
Online: Access – Internet connection and web enabled device
Course: A structured course around a topic (any topic), initiated by one or more individuals with an interest and background in topic (though not always). Course content can be delivered via: readings, videos, live chats, wiki’s and/or discussion boards. MOOCs function as a traditional course, with a syllabus, guidelines but with many contributors. College credit or a certificate of completion is not given at this point, however with Mozilla’s initiative Open Badges this is due to change.