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The Year of the MOOC?

Please go to the front of the class if you can define “MOOC”.

If not, read on! Massive Open Online Courses are the educational happening of the moment.

The evolving form knits together education, entertainment (think gaming) and social networking. Unlike its antecedent, open courseware — usually written materials or videotapes of lectures that make you feel as if you’re spying on a class from the back of the room — the MOOC is a full course made with you in mind.

In addition, check out for Dr. Diane Hamilton’s blog about College-level online courses throughout the U.S.

The New York TImes, Education Life by Laura Pappano