n. An online course open to anyone and designed to handle an extremely large number of students.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the latest addition to the acronym-bound lexicon of higher education, and quite possibly the most significant of them all. They represent a new generation of online education, freely accessible on the internet and geared towards very large student numbers.
—Mike Boxall, “MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype?,” The Guardian, August 08, 2012
I thought about that story when I saw Dave Cormier's Connectivism Wiki or MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses).
—Beth Kanter, “Working Wikily: Establishing A Giving or Gifting Culture in Wiki Community,” Beth's Blog: Nonprofits and Social Media, July 27, 2008
2008 (earliest)
This page is meant to be the home of the community work exploring the preparation for a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).
—Dave Cormier, “Connectivism Planning Page,” University of Manitoba Learning Technologies Centre, July 20, 2008