‘Mooc’ Makes Oxford Online Dictionary

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  • Oxford Dictionaries Online, a web-based lexicon of current English by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, has added the acronym Mooc to its list of words. Defined as “a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people”,  Mooc has become commonplace in academia over the last 18 months, after many higher education institutions began offering such courses.
  • The phrase can be traced back to 2008, when a group of Canadian scholars developed a course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, which was delivered to more than 2,000 online students.
  • However, it was in late 2011 when the Stanford University Mooc “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” attracted around 160,000 enrolments that massive open online courses became more widely known.

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