The epcop_learnspace is an example of a MOOC - Massive Open Online Course. You can participate in this distributed MOOC that focusses on eportfolios to:
George Siemens and his team have begun a 'mother of all MOOC's' and has this to say about it in elearnspace blog:
... we decided this could be a great learning experience and a great research opportunity. Dave Cormier – never someone to say no to a loopy idea – accepted our invitation to help coordinate the course. We have an *outstanding* list of presenters and facilitators who have been asked to “share your best thinking and research on a topic that you’re passionate about”. The draft schedule is available here.
In the Chronicle this week we see a burgeoning number of educators are giving that idea a try by offering free “massive open online courses,” or MOOC’s, to anyone who wants to learn. ...
Stephen Downes recently posted this in Stephen's Web:
Updating the discussion on MOOCs following the Chronicle article earlier this week: David Wiley reponds to say he is not totally opposed to MOOCs, thinks they're a good idea, but would not recommend them for everyone. "Research has shown time and again that the less well prepared a person is academically, the more supportive structure they need as they begin their intellectual foray into the area."
David Wiley says:
1. Do I think MOOCs can be effective in supporting learning?
Yes, absolutely. The MOOC is not terribly different from the learning I saw occurring in “Online Self-Organizing Social Systems” a decade ago, which we published an article about in 2002. I thought the possibility for informal learning in these settings was intriguing then. Add the new “Web 2.0 / social media revolution” that has happened since the article was published into the mix, and it’s downright exciting.