Center for Spiritual Inquiry and Integral Education

R. Michael Fisher
Mooc 4.0: New Capabilities in Learning & Leadership
by R. Michael Fisher - Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 07:45 PM

Last month my colleagues and I completed a pilot of what well may be the most interesting project of my life. It was the pilot of a new type of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that pushes the MOOC design envelope by blending a globally transformative platform with an eco-system of deep personal, locally grounded learning communities. Below is the story and some key insights from this experiment that prototypes the 21st century university by putting the learner into the driver's seat of profound social change.

The goal of the class, MITx U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self, is to empower change makers to co-sense and co-shape the future. This MOOC was offered through the edX platform. EdX was founded by MIT and Harvard and now includes 30-plus universities around the world. Our U.Lab MOOC included:
• >28,000 registered participants from 190 countries
• >300 prototype (action learning) initiatives
• >a vibrant eco-system of 350 self-organized hubs (pictures below)
• and 700-1000 self-organized coaching circles (of five persons each) plus
• four global live sessions with 10,000-15,000 participants/viewers each

Love, listening, and trust. In that light, it appears that the collective wisdom of the Lab community perfectly responded to the question at the beginning of the course: What makes it possible to transform the three great inhibitors fear, greed, and ignorance? The answer outlines the deeper journey of level 4 learning: transforming fear to courage, greed to love, and ignorance to inquiry & listening.


This intro was extracted from an article "MOOC 4.0: The Next Revolution in Learning and Leadership" by Otto Sharmer. It was sent to me by a colleague. Although I have not read it all yet, I thought it was exactly the kind of thing I want to be advocating as part of the CSIIE discourse exchange, as we are part of this next revolution, and yet, we might not as yet have the most sophisticated technologies and back-up to be able to pull off the kind of pilot that Sharmer et al. have, we ought to keep abreast of these kinds of happenings. I may write more about it as I explore, but this is my first marking of this knowledge. -enjoy, M.