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MOOCs as a new technology: approaches to normalising the MOOC experience for our learners; paper posthumously transcribed by Marina Orsini-Jones

TitleMOOCs as a new technology: approaches to normalising the MOOC experience for our learners; paper posthumously transcribed by Marina Orsini-Jones
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBax, S.
EditorsOrsini-Jones, M., & Smith S.
PublisherFlipping the blend through MOOCs, MALL and OIL – new directions in CALL
Volume26
Chapter2
Pagination9 - 16
Date Published06/2018
Secondary PublisherResearch-publishing.net
KeywordsCALL, language learning, LMOOCs, MOOCs, normalisation, research, Spanish
Abstract

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are currently in favour as a mechanism for ‘delivering education’ on a massive scale, including language education. However, when viewed as a new educational ‘technology’, they have arguably not yet reached the stage of normalisation (Bax, 2003) at which they might be most productive. This paper examines the current landscape with regard to language learning MOOCs, drawing on a number of successful Open University projects in Spanish and Italian. It looks critically at where MOOCs seem to be potentially most valuable, and also at aspects of the experience which seem to have impeded normalisation. The paper will conclude by looking at how language MOOCs might develop in the years ahead.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2018.23.785
DOI10.14705/rpnet.2018.23.785
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