Oxford University is enrolling for its first MOOC "From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development" from today 21/2 #mscedc
— Nigel Painting (@nigelchpainting) February 21, 2017
Well this will be one to watch! While I’d imagine that the faculty at Oxford are already embracing many of the new literacies that MOOCs have helped bring the the fore, I can’t help but think of the ‘old’ universities such as Oxford as being more likely to have traditional approaches to pedagogy.
When I saw the announcement linked in the tweet above a description of the practices of new literacies from Lankshear and Knobel (2007) in Stewart (2013) sprung to mind:
The more a literacy practice privileges participation over publishing, distributed expertise over centralized expertise, collective intelligence over individual possessive intelligence, collaboration over individuated authorship, dispersion over scarcity, sharing over ownership, experimentation over “normalization,” innovation and evolution over stability and fixity, creative innovative rule breaking over generic purity and policing, relationship over information broadcast, and so on, the more we should regard it as a “new” literacy.
I wonder how much Oxford’s first MOOC will embrace these practices…
Lankshear, C., & Knobel, M. (2007). Sampling “the new” in new literacies. In Stewart, B., (2013). Massiveness + Openness = New Literacies of Participation? MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Technology, 9(2), pp.228–238.