cMOOCs and Global Learning: An Authentic Alternative


  • Carol Yeager SUNY Empire State College
  • Betty Hurley-Dasgupta SUNY Empire State College
  • Catherine A. Bliss University of Vermont



OERs, online learning, MOOC, international, metaliteracy


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to attract press coverage as they change almost daily in their format, number of registrations and potential for credentialing. An enticing aspect of the MOOC is its global reach. In this paper, we will focus on a type of MOOC called a cMOOC, because it is based on the theory of connectivism and fits the definition of an Open Educational Resource (OER) identified for this special edition of JALN. We begin with a definition of the cMOOC and a discussion of the connectivism on which it is based. Definitions and a research review are followed with a description of two MOOCs offered by two of the authors. Research on one of these MOOCs completed by a third author is presented as well. Student comments that demonstrate the intercultural connections are shared. We end with reflections, lessons learned and recommendations.

Author Biographies

Carol Yeager, SUNY Empire State College

Carol Yeager is a mentor with the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College.

Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, SUNY Empire State College

Dr. Hurley-Dasgupta is a mentor/area coordinator for the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College.

Catherine A. Bliss, University of Vermont

Catherine Bliss is a graduate student at the University of Vermont. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for SUNY empire State College.






Online Learning and Open Educational Resources for International, Rural and Hard-to-Reach Populations