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MOOC: From one-on-one training to collective knowledge-building

MOOC, SPOC, COOC, SOOC… These acronyms have become commonplace over the last few years and have revolutionized the world of learning. These new learning methods are products of the digital revolution and represent the democratization of knowledge, access to the best experts, and the removal of obstacles… but not without certain conditions!

Let’s take a look at the essential steps necessary for a MOOC (massive open online course) to be successful within a company.

Collaborative MOOC to improve learners’ dedication

Before the MOOC, the most prestigious educational institutions were the reserve of a select few, their lecture halls being populated exclusively by a small number of privileged students. Nowadays, anyone with an internet connection can take courses offered by the world’s largest universities from wherever they may be: at work, at home, or even on a plane. Improvements in video quality and broadcasting and the development of asynchronous learning methods have made expert professors’ knowledge accessible to all. Participants on these courses can test themselves with exercises and achieve a qualification, provided they follow the program through to the end of course!

The limitations of this revolution, found in the inherently uniform nature of this type of learning, quickly became clear. However legitimate the goal of first-generation MOOC (i.e. to make knowledge available to all) participants in these courses soon found themselves confronted with the harsh realities of independent learning, namely the lack of social bonds and peer discussion. These issues bear a striking resemblance to those of “e-learning”.  The same causes always produce the same effects! Sitting alone in front of a screen, e-learners were unable to exploit conventional sources of motivation and commitment. Not surprisingly, completion rates often fell short of expectations. Out of the thousands of people registered for the first MOOC, how many followed the course through to the end? 20%? 30%? The dropout rates were staggeringly high.

New activities and exercises, a decisively more social orientation, and innovative technologies, transformed MOOC from a generic system into a group-learning platform. By combining content, technology and collaboration tools, participants discovered that the recipe for effective learning requires a meaningful and fundamentally human experience. And just like all recipes, when these ingredients are put together, there can be many outcomes. Moreover, mentoring, distance-coaching and online communities run by real people all boost dedication dramatically by encouraging dialog.

Towards a collective transformation of the company through the co-creation of tailor-made MOOC

The revival of the MOOC and the development of collaborative learning methods have also had an impact within companies. Implementing the latter takes several forms today, from employees simply signing up to an existing MOOC to creating an ad hoc, tailor-made MOOC.  Innovative and effective learning formats, designed in cooperation with the company’s training manager, have made it possible to meet the exact needs and requirements of a particular team or population. This element of “customization” or “contextualization” is vital to achieving a sense of collective dedication. Learners only have to determine whether the course is relevant to them: from the outset, they know what they are seeking to achieve.

Second-generation MOOC represent a movement towards constructive learning, where knowledge is built collectively.  Participants go beyond simply retaining and applying what they have learned; instead, they explore advanced stages of analysis and creation, as defined by Bloom in his famous text “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. And isn’t that the ultimate goal of all learning: to achieve transformation?

The CrossKnowledge suite is a cloud-based technological platform made up of exclusive applications dedicated to the deployment of your training strategies. It allows you to implement blended learning and social learning programmes, to develop distance learning content and skills assessment programmes… or to organise combinations of these different types of project.

It allows you to implement the following:
• blended learning projects using our Training Solutions technology;
• social learning projects using our Community Solutions technology;
• mentored learning projects using our Mentoring Solutions technology;
• professional e-learning content development using our Mohive authoring tool. … and to offer a new learning experience.

CrossKnowledge believes that such a platform must not be restricted to classroom and e-learning strategies, but must combine formal and informal learning (on-line dialogues, blogs, etc.), long-term learning paths and immediate training, and PC-based and mobile learning experiences, all built into a single Learning Portal.

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> 02/05/2017 - CrossKnowledge: Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies

> 07/02/2017 - Interview (e-learning): Steve Fiehl, co-founder & CIO of CrossKnowledge

> 06/01/2017 - MOOC: From one-on-one training to collective knowledge-building

> 20/12/2016 - Boost your L&D visibility & credibility – The Annual Learning Report

> 05/12/2016 - Get Big Things done through Connectional Intelligence: a new videocast program by Erica Dhawan

> 08/11/2016 - OpenBooks: A new collection to drive workplace performance and productivity

> 12/09/2016 - CrossKnowledge launches a new training technology that transforms individuals as well as the company.

> 31/08/2016 - In our increasingly digital world, empathy and connection are essential tools for establishing more human interactions.

> 19/07/2016 - Management 3.0 : a new videocast program by Jurgen Appelo

> 15/06/2016 - CrossKnowledge is proud to support the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study.

> 30/05/2016 - Crossknowledge is proud to support the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study

> 14/04/2016 - CrossKnowledge rewards its partners with “Partner of the Year Award”

> 16/03/2016 - CrossKnowledge offers fully integrated solution as answer to mobile learning challenges

> 04/03/2016 - Collaboration Superpowers: a new videocast by expert in remote teams, Lisette Sutherland

> 17/02/2016 - MySalon-Edu, first MOOC for hairdressers and beauticians, developed with L’Oreal

> 02/02/2016 - 5 years of collaboration with Clarins: the CrossKnowledge solutions deliver real impact on business

> 18/01/2016 - Designing an agile organization: a new videocast program by Christopher Worley

> 22/12/2015 - 2015 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

> 13/11/2015 - Big data and digital organizational culture

> 30/10/2015 - CrossKnowledge partners with Junior Achievement USA to support future entrepreneurs

> 23/09/2015 - Brandon Hall honors CrossKnowledge with 2015 Excellence Awards

> 10/09/2015 - CrossKnowledge announces its participation at World of Learning 2015 in Birmingham

> 20/08/2015 - CrossKnowledge named to 2015 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies List by

> 24/07/2015 - CrossKnowledge launches “Learn” app

> 17/07/2015 - 6 new Sessions on Key Account Management

> 03/07/2015 - Testimonials: Ricoh Americas and Credit Libanais share their CrossKnowledge experience

> 27/05/2015 - CrossKnowledge is part of the "TOP 20 Content Development Companies List 2015"

> 19/05/2015 - 11 new videocasts on Lean Management with Gad Allon, Professor at the Kellogg School of Management

> 13/05/2015 - Back to Talent 2015, the CrossKnowledge Academy Conference

> 15/04/2015 - New Feature in the CrossKnowledge Learning Suite : LinkedIn

> 27/03/2015 - 13 new videocasts on the digital transformation of businesses with David R. Bell, Professor at The Wharton School.

> 06/02/2015 - Gavisus partners with CrossKnowledge to provide Nordic leadership development programmes

> 22/01/2015 - CrossKnowledge: 2015 Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies by Training Industry

> 15/01/2015 - CrossKnowledge Honored as Top E-Learning Company by 2014 Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards

> 27/11/2014 - 11 new videocasts about digital transformation by Martha Gabriel

> 18/11/2014 - 12 November 2014 New Modules Improve the E-Learning Experience through Intuitiveness, Scalability and Mobility

> 28/10/2014 - Learning is Shifting, Changing, Expanding, Compressing and Personalizing!

> 16/10/2014 - CrossKnowledge Honored by Chief Learning Officer Magazine for Excellence in Blended Technology

> 29/09/2014 - Executives forecast increasing connection between business outcomes and workforce development

> 28/08/2014 - CrossKnowledge is a finalist of the Learning in Practice awards!

> 16/04/2014 - Wiley Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire CrossKnowledge

> 24/03/2014 - Medicinfo and CrossKnowledge join forces to launch a unique e-health & wellbeing solution

> 19/12/2013 - ACCA announces new tripartite partnership with CrossKnowledge and BPP to deliver Continuing Professional Development

> 15/11/2013 - New videocast series about "Key Account Management" with Diana Woodburn

> 11/10/2013 - CrossKnowledge Named to "2013 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies List" by

> 09/09/2013 - CrossKnowledge takes over Digital SK and plans to speed up investments in Brazil.

> 08/07/2013 - CrossKnowledge Learning Suite, release 13.1

> 03/06/2013 - Interview (e-learning) - Steve Fiehl, Chief Innovation Officer from CrossKnnowledge - answers our questions