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Article : "Les stratégies d'Open Savoir-Faire"

(Open Savoir Faire strategies)

dimanche 2 février 2014

Organic MOOC : definition

An organic MOOC is to the "classical" MOOC what the internet is to the mainframe of the 70's.

How about rediscovering the Archilogy Institute as an "organic MOOC" [1].

What we said in 2010 could sound as below :

An organic MOOC, is an open creative knowledge community inspired by opensource, wikipedia and IT cloud visions.

The knowledge community is open and creative. 
- open because its members are not bound to a central legal entity through contractual agreements such as a subscription or a labor contract but form a community where members are bound together through one-to-many arrangements which allows "Sharing, Reusing and Remixing, - Legally " [2] intellectual outputs;
- creative because the one-to-many arrangements which bind members of the knowledge community together are based on Creative Commons contracts which have been crafted to foster creativity and innovation.

In a nutshell, an organic MOOC operates as a pervasive organism composed of " creative knowledge cells " nurtured by individuals or organizations and irrigated by "streams of knowledge " whereas :

a "creative knowledge cell" is defined as an information unit compliant with five criteria :
- the unit should carry some creative work;
- the creative work of the unit should be endorsed by its creator;
- the history of the unit should be traced;
- the creative work of the unit should be anchored in previous creative works;
- the creative work of the unit should be marked with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof;

a "stream of knowledge " is a sequence of linked creative knowledge cells.

a Google search through a PC connected in France and of which cookies having been suppressed with the exact phrase "organic mooc" returns only five entries, including a page by Keith Hamon, where he describes on one hand the "traditional, sequential, mechanical" MOOC and on the other hand the "new-fangled, networked, organic" MOOC, and points to the home page of "Rhizomatic Learning - The community is the curriculum" a MOOC produced by "Peer to Peer University" (P2PU).