Challenges for conceptualising EU MOOC for vulnerable learner groups

de Waard, Inge; Gallagher, Michael Sean; Zelezny-Green, Ronda; Czerniewicz, Laura; Downes, Stephen; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Willems, Julie (2014). Challenges for conceptualising EU MOOC for vulnerable learner groups. In: Proceedings of the European MOOC Stakeholder Summit 2014 pp. 33–42.

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Abstract

This exploratory paper picks up elements from the European Commission’s educational vision and philosophy behind Opening up Education, the resulting initiative of the OpenupEd.eu MOOC platform, and takes this as a starting point to look at potential challenges for developing MOOCs that include vulnerable learner groups. In order to align the future conceptualization of MOOCs with the vision and philosophy of Europe, potential tensions of contemporary and future education are listed. The current dichotomy of xMOOC and cMOOC are used to mark some of the unexplored MOOC territory. Practical answers to contemporary, ICT-supported educational challenges are provided as options to fuel the debate.

The challenges and options for future online education initiatives are based on insights and ideas of international scholars and researchers reflecting on potential barriers for learners and online education. This paper aims to stimulate discussion of the potential for new educational technologies to ensure social inclusion for virtual and physical vulnerable learner groups.

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