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What (use) is a MOOC?

TitleWhat (use) is a MOOC?
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoyatt, R., Joy M., Rocks C., & Sinclair J.
EditorsUden, L., Tao Y. - H., Yang H. - C., & Ting I. - H.
PublisherThe 2nd International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud
Series Title Springer Proceedings in Complexity
Date Published08/2013
Secondary PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Place PublishedKaohsiung,Taiwan
ISBN Number978-94-007-7308-0
Keywordsbeginner learners, learner support, literature review, MOOC challenges, pedagogy

The phenomenon of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has spread with amazing speed. Many universities in the USA and Europe are now joining up with MOOC providers to allow free access to courses. Participant numbers for an individual course may reach hundreds of thousands. Expectations are high for what these courses can achieve in terms of opening access, widening participation and cost saving. In this paper we conduct a literature review to examine what is known about MOOCs (both those following the original connectivist model and the more traditionally didactic variety) and what indications there are that they can live up to such expectations. We discuss concerns arising from the review and identify issues including lack of evidence, absence of pedagogy, lack of support and unrealistic expectations particularly on beginner learners.


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