Week 1: Introduction

To start

Some slides give a first short introduction to MOOCs. To warmup you could watch the description of a MOOC in Styrian dialect. My colleagues Julia and Eva created the video when we first, 2014, thought about how to do a MOOC.

Tips and tricks for success

Dave Cormier, already 2010, describes his strategy of success in a MOOC and shares some very useful tips.

Our MOOC Camp follows the main ideas Dave states in his video.

  • At the beginning of the MOOC you should invest some time into orientation.
  • You don’t have to read everything or fulfill each assignment.
  • You’re welcome to share your learning experiences in the web – as comment in our MOOC Camp, or in any social media application you like.

Our ‘how to build a MOOC’ experience

From 2011 on we learned in several MOOCs and in vivid sessions we discussed what we liked about MOOCs and what was useful for us. In creating our cope14 and later on cope15 MOOC we aimed to include what was helpful for us and avoid what we didn’t like. In a short paper we summarized our approach. In this MOOC we refined this approach.

Additional ressources

Of course there is a lot of material ‘out there’ in the web. You’re welcome to do your own research about MOOCs and share useful informations with all of us. (PS: of course you can also share websites which are in your mother tongue. Maybe someone else has your mother tongue as well and will appreciate it).

Be active !

As the engagement of learners is fundamental in a MOOC we invite you to become active in the first assignment – or write a comment on this page.


  1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

    I realised that the EFQUEL page closed. But where did you find this link? I don’t remember. I need the context and can then look for a similar resource as there are many articles of Stephen Downes in the web 🙂

  2. Judit

    I have a question about the info (title) in the slide about “Types of MOOC pedagogy”. There were two types, called cMOOC and xMOOC. Can you pls. explain the “c” and the “x”, other than in the list below them I can see the difference?

    No. 2, I could not reach the article from the link provided in the Literature. It sounded good by title to read about the quality of MOOC (http://mooc.efquel.org/week-2-the-quality-of-massive-open-online-courses-by-stephen-downes/).

    Thank you very much, Judit

    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Judith!
      Thanx for reading so carefully 🙂
      The c in the cMOOCs means a MOOC based on connectivism – with the key principles: autonomy, diversity, interaction, openness.
      The x in the xMOOC means something like “extended” – here the pedagogy is more traditional, the course room is closed by password. It is teacher or expert driven.
      Bye, Jutta


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