ERIC Number: EJ1052866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
MOOCs: Let's Get Real
Reeves, Thomas C.; Hedberg, John G.
Educational Technology, v54 n1 p3-8 Jan-Feb 2014
Rising costs, perceived declining value, and weak evidence of quality outcomes bedevil contemporary higher education. One innovation intended to address these problems is the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This article recommends that the educational technology community and others get REAL about MOOCs by focusing more serious effort on Research, Evaluation, and Assessment for Learning. Unless this is done, MOOCs will not realize their potential to both extend higher education opportunities and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Evaluation, Costs, Class Size, Academic Persistence, Educational Research, Research Needs, Instructional Design, Open Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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