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Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 281–284 | Cite as

MOOCers and shakers and chemistry course takers

  • Wendy A. Warr
WARR’S PIECE

Classes for the masses

The first ever MOOC, called “Connectivism” and Connective Knowledge [1], was produced in 2008, by Stephen Downes and George Siemens of the University of Manitoba. Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island reportedly coined the term MOOC in a 2008 blog post [2]. The “big three” course providers, Udacity [3], Coursera [4], and edX [5] emerged in 2012. Udacity and Coursera were out of Stanford, and were backed by venture capital; edX is a non-profit with a $60 million infusion from MIT and Harvard. FutureLearn [6], a private company wholly owned by The Open University in the United Kingdom, launched its first courses in September 2013.

The mission of MOOC providers is to supply universal education for all, online, free, or at minimal cost. Professor-centric MOOCs deliver lectures and perhaps related material, maybe with an optional credential for course completion, but with little or no scope for interaction. Nowadays, “connectivist” MOOCs (“cMOOCs”)...

Keywords

Blended Learning Professional Certificate Blended Learning Approach Connective Knowledge Fellow Learner 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Dana Roth (Caltech, retired), Svetlana Korolev (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Bob Belford (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Leah McEwen (Cornell University), Mark Siebert (Elsevier), and an anonymous colleague in pharma for helpful discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Holmes ChapelUK

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