How To Build a Mechanical MOOC

Image CC-BY-SA John Greenaway

Image CC-BY-SA John Greenaway

Ever wondered what the secret is to building a successful MOOC?

Believe it or not, you don’t need a ton of money and a specially designed platform. In fact, P2PU and our collaborators and friends at MIT OpenCourseWare and Open Study have managed to deliver introductory Python courses to over 3000 students for less than it costs to buy an average programming textbook.

Find out how we did this in our latest lab report: How We Made The Mechanical MOOC – Free Range Learning With a Mechanical Guide.

From the intro to the Report:

In late 2011 there was a rumbling in the air around the open education space… Massive, open, online courses were springing up all over the web. Two distinct types begin to emerge out of the MOOC model – Connectivist MOOCS (or cMOOCS) and Instructivist (or xMOOCS). Both were large-scale online learning experiments, with very different theories of learning behind them. In the open educational field, practitioners, activists and communities of interest were beginning to think about the component parts of cMOOCS and how they might work together, rather than adding to the emerging model of a proliferation of MOOC platforms, many of which seemed to be recreating the same thing repeatedly.

Read more over at our lab report page

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