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richde

  • 3 years ago

Small fight brewing: is it "Massive Open Online Course" or "MassiveLY Open Online Course" Ian Bogost at Georgia Tech tweeted awhile ago that the LY was not needed.

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  1. shadowfiend
    • 3 years ago
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    Depends on whether massive modifies open or course. Is it a massive course or a course that is massively open? I think you can make arguments either way ;)

  2. EmilyIvey
    • 3 years ago
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    I agree that both words could be correct; however, if I'm not mistaken, the naming of the MOOC is a play on the term "Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games" which is why I prefer this pronunciation. Moreover, the fact that this course is "massively open" is what makes the MOOC unique. You could argue that conducting a class in a packed 300 person lecture hall is "massive" , but the value of the MOOC is in its openness.

  3. julie
    • 3 years ago
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    exactly what I was going to say

  4. Preetha
    • 3 years ago
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    I have to go with Massively Open and EmilyIvey puts it very nicely.

  5. markgbur
    • 3 years ago
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    I would defer to the existing use of MMO which is Massively Multiplayer Online (games) which have been around since the 80's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massively_multiplayer_online_game

  6. markgbur
    • 3 years ago
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    Ha, I didn't see Emilylvey's response but she had me beat.

  7. Preetha
    • 3 years ago
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    I like both our answers.

  8. richde
    • 3 years ago
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    OK. Ian seems to be outvoted at the moment.

  9. gsiemens
    • 3 years ago
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    interesting discusion. I've used the term both ways (massive and massively). The link to MMORPG is what initially drew Bryan Alexander to name the course a MOOC. I'm sloppy in my use :).

  10. julie
    • 3 years ago
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    I knew it! great to hear it from the source though.

  11. markgbur
    • 3 years ago
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    Thanks for the clarification George.

  12. gsiemens
    • 3 years ago
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    hmmm. let me fact check myself. This is Bryan Alexander's first use of the term MOOC: http://infocult.typepad.com/infocult/2008/07/connectivism-course-draws-night-or-behold-the-mooc.html . Dave Cormier termed it around the same time. Can't find his link now. Ultimately, however, language is not what someone else thinks it is but what we negotiate it to be (go Wittgensteinian language games!)

  13. lewismal
    • 3 years ago
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    Massiv ein mooc also gives a critcal mass- in fact many critcal masses for learning. People cluster around topics/themes and other attractors and dialogue & sense make and learn.

  14. tokyokevin
    • 3 years ago
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    It says, "Welcome to Change - a Massive Open Online Course" at http://change.mooc.ca/week01.htm

  15. tokyokevin
    • 3 years ago
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    Search for ibogost and any of the 4 words in MOOC did not lead to any tweets. Was he using a different account?

  16. richde
    • 3 years ago
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    Ian is not part of the MOOC but he is well-known for his work on persuasive games and has written extensively on the synergies between gaming and education. You can find him here:http://www.bogost.com/

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