Every few weeks, someone seems to reach out and let me know about an interesting MOOC infographic that highlights important information (facts, stats, etc.) regarding some aspect of massive open online learning.
I’ve let them collect, waiting for a day when other obligations takes precedent over generating new material for the blog. And with tomorrow’s podcast sitting on my desktop waiting to be edited, today turns out to be that day!
So in no particular order, here’s a MOOC summary I found at EdSurge (click on any of the images below to visit the original):
Here’s another one from an online PhD program site that includes some interesting opinion data:
To MOOC or not to MOOC, that is the question (brought to you from another online learning info site):
And finally some info on cheating (not necessarily relevant only to MOOCs – unfortunately) from Best College Reviews:
I have more of a meta-interest in these graphics, and a brief perusal raises a question that has been nagging me for months re: SPOCs, “small private online courses” — can you shed any light on how on earth these are meaningfully different from the standard online courses that have been offered at one campus or another for various years? It seems to me that a number of SPOCs are limited to enrolled students at an institution.
Sometimes, I think a combination of a very short historical memory and a bedazzlement with novelty leads society to gleefully (occasionally triumphantly) reinvent well-established ideas.
If I am missing the point of SPOCs, then I guess my defense would be that they have not successfully differentiated themselves in the marketplace from a regular old online course for matriculated students.