MOOCs and Open Education Around the World.
Edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds. Routledge (2015).
MOOCs and Open Education is a new edited collection that explores issues relating to open education and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Recent advancements in learning technology have made it possible for people all around the world to participate in courses via the Internet. These MOOCs are “massive” because they do not have a limit on the number of students that can participate. MOOCs are “open” because MOOCs are an idea that originally came from the Open Education community. These MOOCs are generally free for students but do not always lead to formal accreditation.
E-learning technology is improving so rapidly that organizations are having to deal with a variety of issues. How can learners ensure that the educators are properly credentialed and qualified to teach online? How can educators ensure that the education provided by these MOOCs meets an acceptable level of quality? What business models do organizations like MITx, Coursera, edX, Udemy, and Udacity use for these MOOC enterprises? What innovative assessment strategies and teaching practices are optimal? How can quality standards be defined and maintained? How can educators deal with low student motivation and high dropout rates?
As digital learning technology becomes more prolific there is a growing demand to understand how these MOOCs are being conducted. Academics, scientists, public servants, and numerous other participants want to understand the outcomes of these new open education experiments. Everyone wants to know how massive open online courses can be improved.
To meet this crescive demand for information the new book MOOCs and Open Education offers a critical analysis of massive open online courses and other open education resource issues. This Open Educational resources book also addresses the major controversies associated with MOOCs and OERs. This MOOCs book shares key research findings and provides pragmatic recommendations for anyone who is interested in open education.
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