The online learners in MOOC social environments

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the latest revolution in online teaching and learning. The world’s leading universities, such as Stanford, Harvard, and MIT are offering MOOCs to the general public, worldwide, without any preconditions and free of charge (Johnson et al., 2013; Allen & Seaman, 2014; Adams & Williams, 2013; Stewart, 2013). These MOOCs are offered by a variety of initiatives, such as Coursera, Udemy, MITx, edX, Udacity, and are taught by professors around the world, in various fields. They allow for flexible learning at any time and any place, integrating a variety of tasks into the course structure. A major emphasis is put on selecting suitable course subjects, instructors, high quality video production, and a friendly interface. These MOOCs may alter the conception of education and create a culture of collaborative social learning (Brinton et al., 2013; Kissinger & Bennett, 2014) combined with peer assessment (Balfour, 2013; Piech et al., 2013). This type of course development enables the teaching of MOOCs.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2015 Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Learning Scenarios Opening Out the Educational Landscape
Place of PublicationBarcelona
PublisherEuropean Distance and E-Learning Network
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print) 978-615-5511-04-2
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameEuropean Distance and E-Learning Network
ISSN (Print)2707-2819


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