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The potential social, economic and environmental benefits of MOOCs: operational and historical comparisons with a massive ‘closed online’ course

Lane, Andy; Caird, Sally and Weller, Martin (2014). The potential social, economic and environmental benefits of MOOCs: operational and historical comparisons with a massive ‘closed online’ course. Open Praxis, 6(2) pp. 115–123.

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Abstract

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have recently become a much discussed development within higher education. Much of this debate focuses on the philosophical and operational similarities and differences between the types of MOOCs that have emerged to date, the learner completion rates and how they can be sustained. In contrast there has been much less discussion about how such courses do, or do not, fit in with existing higher education policy and practice in terms of the social, economic and environmental benefits. This paper begins to address this issue by comparing and contrasting current MOOCs with one large population ICT-enhanced, mostly online Open University UK course presented a decade earlier and how they have both served, or might serve, broader social, economic or environmental objectives. The paper concludes that while MOOCs are forcing a re-conceptualisation of higher education study, much can also be learned from previous and existing large population mainly online courses from open universities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 2304-070X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
SusTEACHNot SetJISC
Keywords: MOOCs; policy and practice; environmental impact
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 40091
Depositing User: Andrew Lane
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 10:36
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 10:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40091
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