Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review

The maturing of the MOOC: literature review of massive open online courses and other forms of online distance learning

BIS logoA report on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is now available to download:

Authored by Stephen Haggard, independent e-learning consultant, the Centre for Distance Education (CDE)  and the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), the report is a comprehensive review of literature related to MOOCs and Open and Distance Learning (ODL), and it includes research suggestions and recommendations.

It aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, as well as their evolution, together with important related issues, albeit consensual or controversial.

Key areas from the report include:

  • Conflicting perspectives on MOOCs divide education communities.
  • Learning Practitioners disagree about the value of MOOCs.
  • Formal comprehensive analyses of MOOCs mostly concur that they are disruptive and possibly threatening to current HE models.
  • Reporting of MOOC learner experiences is positive.

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