Amazon.com, Interlibrary Loan, and MACCs

An addendum to the last post.

First off, since no one is going to move off the term MOOC for MANIC, here’s a replacement term: MACCs: MAssively Connected Courses.  The point here is to indicate the people that have co-opted the term MOOC have botched it. The openness is a means, not an end. The end is connection. A course that does not use openness to foster interconnection misses the whole point.

So there you go, the rest of you can do what you like, but since you can’t call a term back once it goes feral I’ll be using MOOC as the over-arching term that covers everything from Udacity to Change11, but the term MACC to refer to that subset of courses that see the openness as secondary to the connectivity (e.g. Change, ds106).

Here’s the second thing. In trying to explain the difference between something like ds106 and edX I’ve come up with this analogy. EdX is like Amazon.com. Ds106 is like Interlibrary Loan.

You are all smart people, so I will let you tease the meaning of that one out.

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