Bend don't break
There is no license.

Bend Don't Break (v2)

Be clear what parts of your course are flexible and can bend, and those that when changed will break your MOOC.

ProblemBend it but don't break it. Flexibility is key.

In a MOOC setting, 'flexible' can potentially entail jettisoning the 'massive', the 'online' and the 'course', leaving just the 'open'. How flexible can a Mooc be before it either disappears, or is spoilt, or (in some cases) becomes a misleading rider for a more formal distance learning course? Which learners do you lose if you aren't flexible, and what part of MOOC do you lose if you are flexible?


It depends on the subject area. Is the Mooc a media item? If so, how do you consume it?

The Mooc is a piece of marketing (enrolments in a formal course) as well as philanthropy (widening participation), and learning, and data collection on teaching (eg comparing track A to track B).

Flexibility must have its limits on any course. Rather than accommodating the different ways of learning across the globe, is it better to avoid all of them (eg the week, the mid-term).

But in fact, online learning is rarely so flexible - especially if it is credit-bearing.

There are at least two kinds of flexibility - access is one, and interaction with resources (including peers) is another.



What breaks? What cannot be sacrificed in a MOOC to increase flexibility?

What bends? What does flexibility?



Design narrative relating to ECL MOOC at the University of London


Data and References


Image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. URL:

Author(s): Yishay Mor, Steven Warburton
Published at: 05 Feb 2015 14:38 GMT
Original link (login required):