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.




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.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 40787
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISBN
  • 3-319-11199-X, 978-3-319-11199-5
  • Keywords
  • MOOCs; pedagogy; massive scale; open learning
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
  • Depositing User
  • Rebecca Ferguson