I gave a presentation about the variety of MOOCs, trying to explain that the product is really determined by the pedagogy of the facilitator, but I think it's a hard message to get out. MOOCs are still being described as a homogenous group of transmission courses, which do have their place, but don't give fair representation to the diversity of experiences available.
Cambridge, Colchester, Norwich and Ipswich all have their own universities as well so that may help with the development process of Online Learning Communities in the UK. The engagement challenge will be the small town model of Haverhill and the rural mixture of towns and villages of the Stour Valley. The map so far thenetworkofukonlinelearningcommunities | haverhill online learning community shows coverage of East Anglia so far, moving to a social enterprise entity for funding these communities has to be the way forward. The communities should be self-funding from the community, even though Google apps for business only works out at approximately £30 per site per year!
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