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A policy brief on MOOCs

TitleA policy brief on MOOCs
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPorter, D., & Beale R.
EditorsDaniel, J., McGreal R., & Prabhakar T. V.
PublisherCommonwealth of Learning (COL)
Date Published05/2015
Place PublishedBurnaby, British Columbia
Type of WorkBooklet
Keywordscosts and benefits, developing countries, government policy, MOOC, MOOC business model, MOOC quality, national policy

A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course that normally requires no prior qualifications for entry, can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection, and includes large or very large numbers of learners (generally 1,000 or more); scalability is its distinguishing aspect. In addition, a learner must use a laptop or desktop computer, a tablet computer or a smartphone to gain access to a MOOC. To date, typical learners in a MOOC are individuals with an existing degree, often middle-class professionals. MOOC users also are often below 30 years of age. However, MOOCs have a wide reach, with different courses appealing to very different demographics.


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