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Massive open online courses: A traditional or transformative approach to learning

TitleMassive open online courses: A traditional or transformative approach to learning
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsVale, K., & Littlejohn A.
EditorsLittlejohn, A., & Pegler C.
PublisherReusing Open Resources: Learning in Open Networks for Work, Life and Education
Series TitleAdvancing Technology Enhanced Learning
Date Published07/2014
ISBNPrint ISBN: 9780415838689 eBook ISBN: 9780203780190 Adobe ISBN: 9781135040048
KeywordsHarvardX, MOOC, open courses

This chapter examines potential benefits and limitations of MOOCs, using a case example of a major MOOC initiative:edX. This chapter begins by examining conflicting perspectives around MOOCs from the literature. Then the HarvardX course design workflow model is outlined. HarvardX is at the center of a variety of activities at Harvard University associated with open educational resources and open courses. The first five HarvardX MOOCs are described and learner behaviors in these courses are analysed. Finally, the benefits and limitations of open courses are reported.


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