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A tale of two modes: Initial reflections on an innovative MOOC

TitleA tale of two modes: Initial reflections on an innovative MOOC
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSinclair, J., Boyatt R., Foss J., & Rocks C.
EditorsUden, L., Sinclair J., Tao Y. - H., & Liberona D.
PublisherLearning Technology for Education in Cloud- MOOC and Big Data
Series TitleCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Date Published09/2014
Secondary PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place PublishedSantiago, Chile
ISBN Number978-3-319-10671-7
Keywordscase study, educational status quo, learner support, MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are offered by many universities, with hundreds thousands of people worldwide having registered for one or more of the many available courses. Despite the potential that has been claimed for these courses to transform education, in practice the majority are deeply conservative in maintaining the educational status quo. Lacking innovative pedagogic foundation and with the need for approaches that scale, many courses rely heavily on very traditional methods such as mini-lectures and quizzes. In particular, learner support is proving to be insufficient for many participants. This paper reports initial results and experience from developing and presenting a MOOC which provides both ``traditional'' and supported modes. We present the motivation and objectives for the course, discuss initial results and reflect on lessons learned in the process.


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