MOOC development: priority areas

Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Coughlan, Tim; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2018). MOOC development: priority areas. In: Luckin, Rosemary ed. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the Research Says. London: UCL IOE Press.



Free online courses that provide learning at scale have the potential to open up education around the world. MOOCs now engage millions of learners. For example, FutureLearn, the UK’s largest MOOC provider passed 6m registered learners in 2017, 75% of these outside the UK. Coursera, the world’s largest platform, claimed 24m learners worldwide in March 2017, of which over half a million were UK learners.
In this section, we explore what the research tells us about how MOOCs need to be developed in order to help provide education for all. This research was carried out at UK universities partnered with the FutureLearn MOOC platform. When it was carried out, FutureLearn had 64 university partners, including 29 within the UK, all linked by the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN).

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  • 52975
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  • Book Section
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  • 1-78277-226-X, 978-1-78277-226-2
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  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    The Open University (OU)Not SetThe Open University (OU)
  • Keywords
  • MOOCs; massive open online courses; FLAN; FutureLearn Academic Network; strategy; pedagogy; learning design; discussion; educators; access; assessment; accreditation
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • OpenTEL
    Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
  • Depositing User
  • Rebecca Ferguson