Summary of MOOCs and Open Education Around the World

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This compendium of 29 essays on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is useful and illuminating, but due to the nature of its construction, it can’t always flow smoothly: Very interesting chapters follow those that are solid, but less compelling. Because each scholar wrote his or her own chapter, the reader gains many independent insights, but some themes recur. A number of the authors have been part of groundbreaking educational experiments, and they continue to revolutionize higher education. As a result, getAbstract finds that this collection offers essential information for students, educators, educational administrators, and anyone interested in education, social change or cyber-culture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are and how they relate to open education,
  • How MOOCs could revolutionize higher education, and
  • Why some educators prefer alternatives like “Distributed Open Collaborative Courses” (“DOCCs”).

About the Authors

Curtis J. Bonk is professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University. Mimi M. Lee is associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Houston. Thomas C. Reeves is professor emeritus of learning, design and technology at the University of Georgia. Thomas H. Reynolds is a professor of teacher education at National University in California.



Introducing “MOOCs”
In their first few years, “Massive Open Online Courses” (MOOCs) suffered massive hype and some subsequent disappointment. Education start-up entrepreneurs claimed MOOCs would revolutionize higher education. For example, the CEO of Udacity claimed that in 50 years, ...

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