To MOOC or Not To MOOC?

09 Francisco Manuel da Costa_largeby Francisco Manuel da Costa

That’s the question? If Shakespeare was alive, he would certainly ask: To MOOC or not to MOOC? And he would be available and motivated to take a MOOC. His mind and creativity would be excited to create new words in English, such as: MOOCee and MOOCer.

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Redefining teaching and learning

But what does MOOCee and MOOCer mean? MOOCee is who is learning, and MOOCer is who is teaching. Maybe in the future, these concepts (learning and teaching) will no longer make sense, and will be updated to the new buzzwords MOOCing, MOOCer and MOOCee. 

By the way, learning is what people do more and more in their lives, so micro-learning and personal learning environments will be used more and developed in the internet. Teachers and online instructors are more like instructional designers and content curators, they have a lot of tools to create content, to communicate asynchronously or synchronously. 

Learning in unlimited time and space

A MOOC, for instance, will become part of our lives, and it will be available everywhere, all the time, anywhere and anytime. At the same time, it helps us to be everywhere, at any time. Internet is a space of economic, social, cultural, educational and ideological connections. It is a place of freedom, creation, imagination and memories. 

Our memories and dreams are deposited in the internet and it becomes our Rigid Disk Drive. Part of us became more virtual, but in a certain way, more and more real. Internet is not a toy, but can be used as a toy. It is a place to share, to link. Internet is an expression of creativity, and creativity is a powerful way to make money, and money can stimulate creativity. 

More than TO BE or not TO BE?, the main question is: to MOOC or not to MOOC?