A Policy Brief on MOOCs
A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course that normally requires no prior qualifications for entry, can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection, and includes large or very large numbers of learners (generally 1,000 or more); scalability is its distinguishing aspect. In addition, a learner must use a laptop or desktop computer, a tablet computer or a smartphone to gain access to a MOOC. To date, typical learners in a MOOC are individuals with an existing degree, often middle-class professionals. MOOC users also are often below 30 years of age. However, MOOCs have a wide reach, with different courses appealing to very different demographics.
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Porter, David (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) & Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2014-09)Week 4: MOOC Platforms, module 8 of the MOOC on MOOC course offered by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) & Commonwealth of Learning (COL), September 2014. This resource contains a video link, slides as well ...
Porter, David (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2014)For six weeks beginning October 2, 2013, IIT Kanpur and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) delivered a massive open online course (MOOC) on the topic of mobiles for development (M4D). This report provides a pedagogical review ...
(Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-07)Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have emerged as an educational innovation with the potential to increase access to and improve the quality of education. Different stakeholders in education view MOOCs from different ...
(Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2015-06)This document identifies and defines several key terms related to Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Terms and definitions are current as of June 2015.
McGreal, Rory (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2013)Open Educational Resources (OER) are free learning resources available on the Internet. OER can be openly licensed or in the public domain, and can be used or reused for free. They can exist in many formats: text (either ...