MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.
It is an online course offered by an education institution which is open to the world - learners can take the course without the need of being formally registered as a student at the institution.
MOOCs have originally been conceptualised to be open in the following ways:
- free of charge (gratis),
- openly licensed (libre), with
- open entry (no need for previous studies or to show diplomas/certificates).
MOOCs should allow learners to carry credits within the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), for potential recognition by other higher education institutions through existing credit transfer arrangements.
Related publication:Validation of Non-formal MOOC-based Learning
Do's and Dont's of Creating MOOC (Part I): The Importance of MOOcs
Download report: Validation of Non-formal MOOC-based Learning