The Open UniversitySkip to content

Innovative pedagogy at massive scale: teaching and learning in MOOCs

Ferguson, Rebecca and Sharples, Mike (2014). Innovative pedagogy at massive scale: teaching and learning in MOOCs. In: Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Springer International Publishing, pp. 98–111.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available
Due to copyright restrictions, this file is not available for public download
Click here to request a copy from the OU Author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This paper looks at the implications for pedagogy of education at a massive scale. It begins by looking at educational approaches designed or adapted to be effective for large numbers of learners: direct instruction, networked learning, connectivism, supported open learning, and conversational learning at scale. It goes on to identify benefits and challenges of teaching and learning at scale. A grounded approach was used to analyse data from 18 MOOCs run on the UK-based FutureLearn platform. This identified benefits and challenges for learners, for educators and for society as a whole. These need to be addressed in two ways, through learning design and through platform design.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN: 3-319-11199-X, 978-3-319-11199-5
Keywords: MOOCs; pedagogy; massive scale; open learning
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 40787
Depositing User: Rebecca Ferguson
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 10:21
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 03:52
Share this page:


Scopus Citations

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340