So 2012 was the Year of the MOOC, and now 2020 is being touted as the Year of the SPOC?

But, stop me if you’ve heard this before … isn’t a SPOC (Small Private Online Course) what universities, colleges, training centres, etc. been doing for years? The only difference is it’s got a fancy new name. Right?

Small – by definition the cohort of (paying?) students will be smaller than a MOOC, but some would argue even MOOCs weren’t that big either.Private – private, as in not accessible to those not on the invitation list, or not permitted to access.Online – yes, it’s online, and it’s not new.Course – yes, it’s a course in it’ sown right. It might even be part of some larger ‘course’ for CPD or qualification. This ‘course’ may be known in your organisation as a module or unit or other such currency of ‘learning for credit’.

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