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The maturing of the MOOC: Literature review of Massive Open Online Courses and other forms of Online Distance Learning (BIS Research Paper Number 130)

Title
The maturing of the MOOC: Literature review of Massive Open Online Courses and other forms of Online Distance Learning (BIS Research Paper Number 130)
Date
18 Sep 2013
Link
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/massive-open-online-courses-and-online-distance-learning-review
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Publisher
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Category
Research Papers
Subject
New Technology; UK Education
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Description
This report on MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), and Online Distance Learning (ODL), considers the available literature, gives research suggestions and recommendations, with the aim of giving an up to date picture of the current state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important.

The report finds that there is no real consensus on MOOCs and gives equal prominence to the enthusiasts and the critics. It makes the following key points: conflicting perspectives on MOOCs divide education communities; learning practitioners disagree about the value of MOOCs; formal comprehensive analyses of MOOCs mostly concur that they are disruptive and possibly threatening to current HE models; reporting of MOOC learner experiences is positive; the MOOC is maturing – and engaging with its business and accreditation issues.

The report was written by Stephen Haggard, with additional contributions and expertise provided by researchers from the The Centre for Distance Education (CDE) and The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE).

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