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The MOOC model for digital practice

by Alexander McAuley, Bonnie Stewart, George Siemens, Dave Cormier, Creative Commons
Massive Open Online Courses: digital ways of knowing and learning ()


The MOOC Model for Digital Practice responds to the “Building Digital Skills for Tomorrow” section of the consultation paper Improving Canada’s Digital Advantage: Strategies for Sustainable Prosperity by synthesizing the current state of knowledge about Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). It argues that building and sustaining prosperity through Canada’s current digital strengths depends on a digital ecosystem that embraces both infrastructure and the collaborative social networks enabled by that infrastructure. Prosperity in this context requires a citizenry with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to turn these factors towards creating wealth. By exploring the relationship of MOOCs to the digital economy in general and their potential roles to prepare citizens for participation in that digital economy in particular, it illustrates one particularly Canadian model of how these needs may be addressed. In keeping with the multimodality and the alternatives to “traditional” modes of presentation enabled by digital technologies and integral to the development of the digital economy, our knowledge synthesis has supplemented the printed report with four online digital videos. Each synopsizes one main attribute of the relationship of MOOCs to the digital economy: The first summarizes what a MOOC is: The second summarizes what new users may need to consider for success in a MOOC: A. McAuley, B. Stewart, G. Siemens & D. Cormier! The MOOC Model for Digital Practice 3 The third touches on the creation of knowledge in a MOOC: The fourth provides an example of how MOOCs might be presented as a contributor to a digital economy: Collectively, the four web-based videos provide an overview of many of the points raised elsewhere in this report.

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