Tuesday, February 26, 2013

EUA Occasional Papers > MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses


Over the past year, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have received a great deal of attention from  the academic community and the media. The EUA Secretariat has followed the development of the MOOCs since the beginning of 2012, surveying discussion forums and publications, but also assessing the websites of MOOC providers and participating in several MOOCs in order to gain first-hand experience of this developing phenomenon. The EUA Board discussed this development during its meeting on 30 November 2012.

The paper – slightly altered – was presented and discussed at the EUA Council in Istanbul, 25 January 2013. It provides an overview of the literature on this topic and identifies the key issues in order to inform the Council’s discussion. Most of the sources referred to are from 2012 but MOOCs are a quickly.

Contents

1. Introduction ... 3
2. What is a MOOC? ... 3
3. MOOCs – a not so recent phenomenon ... 3
4. Who provides the MOOCs? ... 4
5. How MOOCs work ... 6
5.1 Course design and management ... 6
5.2 Funding ... 6
5.3 Who are the students? ... 7
5.4 MOOCs offer “real” courses ... 8
5.5 Entry requirements ... 8
5.6 Dropout ... 8
5.7 Recognition ... 8
6. A learning revolution – or a new business? ... 9
7. Conclusion: What to learn from MOOCs – issues for discussion ... 11
8. ANNEX ... 14
8.1 Universities that partnered up with Coursera ... 14
8.2 References .. 15
8.3 Links ... 16

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