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ERIC Number: EJ1048676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Emerging Patterns in MOOCs: Learners, Course Designs and Directions
Macleod, Hamish; Haywood, Jeff; Woodgate, Amy; Alkhatnai, Mubarak
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v59 n1 p56-63 Jan 2015
Engagement with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at the University of Edinburgh has emerged from its strategic priorities to explore and innovate in the area of online and technologically supported approaches to teaching and learning. This paper provides an account of analysis aimed at understanding who Edinburgh MOOC learners are, who elects to participate and the aspirations of that population, and the place that the MOOC will occupy in the University's online learning ecology. The analysis addresses a number of predictions that have been made about MOOCs since 2012, including their use for providing educational opportunities to the disadvantaged; global uptake of online learning; growth of an "educational imperialism"; and the claim that "MOOCs are for male geeks", and concludes with some observations about the University of Edinburgh's future plans in this space.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)