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Massive Open Online Courses and Higher Education : What Went Right, What Went Wrong and Where to Next?

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Since the first MOOC was launched at the University of Manitoba in 2008, this new form of the massification of higher education has been a rollercoaster ride for the university sector. The New York Times famously declared 2012 to be the year of the MOOC. However by 2014 the number of academic leaders who believed the model was unsustainable doubled to more than 50%. While the MOOC hype has somewhat subsided- and the ’massive’ and ’open’ prerequisites are being supplemented by ’small’ and ’fee-based’ credit bearing online course options - the attitudes and anxieties of this peak time can still be seen influencing universities and their administrations. Many higher education providers are still reacting to the perceived threat these potentially disruptive technologies represented; while, paradoxically, trying not to be left behind by this perceived ’new’ trend. However, the uptake of MOOCs has plateaued. This is the first volume that addresses Massive Open Online Courses from a post-MOOC perspective. We move beyond the initial hype and revolutionary promises of the peak-MOOC period and take a sober look at what remains. This book explores the future of the MOOC in higher education by examining what went right, what went wrong and where to now for the massification of higher education and online learning and teaching. The chapters in this collection address these questions from a wide variety of different backgrounds, methodologies and regional perspectives. They address learner experiences, the move towards course for credit, innovative design, transformations and implications of the MOOC in turn.
Number of Pages: 191
Genre: Education
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Rebecca Bennett & Mike Kent
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2017
TCIN: 52200591
UPC: 9781472481986
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-1937
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