MOOC makes the Oxford dictionary

It’s official: MOOC is a recognised new word in the Oxford online dictionary (thanks, Chris Parr of Times Higher Education, for the revelation).

Can one pen an ode to a MOOC?

So, MOOC, you sound like a moose,
Big and North American and on the loose,
The Brits now have their own, so there’s no excuse:
It’s called FutureLearn.
And it’s going live this new term.

Some spot trains, others birds, and others still new words. Nothing quite beats German, a language that effortlessly groups together composite concepts into a single word, a kind of linguistic articulated lorry. One of my favourites is “schlimmbesserung”, a supposed improvement that actually makes things worse. As an experienced change manager, does this make me a schlimmbesserung expert?

The Oxford online dictionary now also recognises “omnishambles”.

Some fear MOOCs might be a schlimmbesserung, and if ill-thought through, an omnishambles for learners. Quality and access must be aim: let universities get it right, and learners try it out and decide.

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