“MOOCs” are massive open online courses.
Dave Cormier introduces the MOOC:
There’s a great written explanation of MOOCs in the introduction to the PLENK2010 MOOC
Stephen Downes explains:
A shorthand has emerged which distinguishes between connectivist courses – cMOOCs – and ones that are more broadcast-focused and reliant upon certification and peer testing. Organisations such as coursera, Udacity and EdX are examples of the xMOOC category.
This site exists to point people towards connectivist courses. xMOOCs are already excellently served by Class Central.
As the field of online education is so fluid, it may be too early to adopt such a rigid classification system that distinguishes between xMOOCs and cMOOCs.
Dominik Lukes suggests a different way of ordering our thoughts – What is and what is not a MOOC: A picture of family resemblance (working undefinition)
People can contribute with any additional thoughts in the comments below, so check out the discussion there for more thoughts on MOOCs and connectivist MOOCs.