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Actually, Donald Grump Invented the MOOC

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Arguably academia's most well known historian of MOOCs (known in some circles as the hMOOCs), Dr. Rolin Moe, has written an article titled Trump Invented the MOOC citing Donald Trump as the true innovator of the MOOCs. This turned MOOC history, as I previously understood it, on it's head. You see, I was under the impression that Sesame Street was the first MOOC (although popular edtech writer Audrey Watters argues that this is an inaccurate interpretation of the research). So this gumshoe is back to crack the case and I believe I have uncovered what seems to be a way in which I can cling to my MOOC creationist beliefs of Sesame Street while also accepting this new uncovered research from Dr. Moe. World, today I bring to you, Donald Grump.

It's really the only logical conclusion to a very convoluted debate. Grump, who debuted in 2005, long before the Downes/Siemens cMOOC, is characters in the Muppet Wiki like so:

Donald Grump is a Grouch who has more trash than any other Grouch in the world (and often brags to others about it). It is said that he has so much trash that it spills out of his trash can.

It's clear that Grump is not one to keep his trash to himself, but he is, in fact, charitable enough, to spread his trash broadly (some would even in say in a massive fashion). This philanthropic move is one that should be admired in Grouch history and arguably education technology history as well, should Roe's findings pass the test of time.

So there you have it. Watch Grump in action captured on YouTube with Elmo the Grouch: