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MOOCs for language learning – opportunities and challenges: the case of the Open University Italian Beginners’ MOOCs

Motzo, Anna and Proudfoot, Anna (2017). MOOCs for language learning – opportunities and challenges: the case of the Open University Italian Beginners’ MOOCs. In: Beyond the Language Classroom: Researching MOOCs and Other Innovations (Kan, Qian and Bax, Stephen eds.), Research Publishing, pp. 85–98.

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a fairly recent development in online education. Language MOOCs (LMOOCs) have recently been added to the ever-growing list of open courses offered by various providers, including FutureLearn. For learners, MOOCs offer an innovative and inexpensive alternative to formal and traditional learning. For course designers and developers, this emerging learning model raises important issues concerning the affordances of the new learning environment and the rationale for adopting a particular pedagogical approach to sustain the learning experience. The authors offer an insight into their own experiences in designing and delivering an Italian for Beginners MOOC on Future Learn. This case study explores the opportunities and challenges we met and the link with existing research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Anna Motzo, Anna Proudfoot
ISBN: 1-908416-53-X, 978-1-908416-53-7
Keywords: massive open online courses; MOOC; formal learning; informal learning; online language learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 50846
Depositing User: Anna Proudfoot
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 08:44
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 08:52
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