Most of the education world is only just starting to hear about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), getting confused with the existence of xMOOCs and cMOOCs - and now we are hearing that MOOCs 2.0 are on their way!
For readers who are completely lost, cMOOCs are the 'connectivist MOOCs' originally conceptualised and tried out in Canada. xMOOCs are the ones that US universities conceptualised to send mass amounts of content to thousands of people around the world. One of the biggest criticisms about MOOCs is that the content has been developed in western countries, and it is then expected for people in other countries to use the content.
A growing feeling is that education should be global, come from all parts of the world and 'deliver' to all parts of the world. If academics in smaller economies and poorer communities are able to constructively create learning content and share it, people in wealthier countries may learn about more than if they only use what is created in their own countries.
The earlier notion that MOOCs would serve the uneducated have now been replaced with a realisation that MOOCs are serving a significant proportion of people who already have higher education qualifications. Rather than one group of people developing and 'pushing' content to others, a platform that is under development will focus on two-way or multi-way sharing and on people learning from other people.
Submitted on 10 November 2014. First published on AfricaEducation.org.