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This is a totally free, voluntary site and all help is gratefully accepted.  We want to change, or enrich,  communities, help people create their own learning and sharing spaces and work together to see how learning outside the institutions can take shape.

What is different about COOCs?  The most significant change you will notice is that anyone can teach, anyone can learn.  By recognising that expertise, interest, information and perspective lies in each of us we also recognise that means that we al have something to share and something to teach.  By developing our skills to teach, we also become better aware of what we need to learn.  We stop the temptation to wait for experts, people external to our communities, and start to look to ourselves as producers, creators, explorers and creators.  By teaching AND learning we become active participants in the world around us.  We shape the world rather than only being shaped by it.

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other. What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share their knowledge.

How the learning/ teaching looks, what it involves and what it includes is up to you.  People learn in many ways and we hope you can bring creativity, enthusiasm and positivity as we start to create courses across many areas of interest.