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Furthering Higher Education Possibilities through Massive Open Online Courses

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In recent years, technological advancements have enabled higher-learning institutions to offer millions of independent learners the opportunity to participate in open-access online courses. As this practice expands, drawing considerable media attention, questions continue to arise regarding pedagogical methodology and the long-term viability of open learning. Furthering Higher Education Possibilities through Massive Open Online Courses seeks to provide a space for discussion of MOOCs: what they mean for the learning process, how they are redefining the concept of a classroom, and what effects they may have on the role of teachers. Featuring emerging research on a variety of topics relating to distance education, informal learning, as well as educational costs and funding, this book is aimed at teachers, administrators, business professionals, and designers of both curricular resources and e-classroom technology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. List of Reviewers
    1. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
    1. MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES: AN OVERVIEW
    2. BENEFITS OF MOOCs
    3. CHALLENGES OF MOOCs
    4. THIS BOOK
    5. REFERENCES
  8. Section 1: Reflection on the Role of MOOCs
    1. Chapter 1: MOOCs – A Challenge or an Opportunity
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE NATURE OF MOOCS
      4. THREATS OR CHALLENGES
      5. OPPORTUNITIES
      6. HOW TO USE MOOCS IN BLENDED LEARNING
      7. INTEGRATION OF MOOCS
      8. ASSESSMENT
      9. BLENDED LEARNING VS TRADITIONAL TEACHING
      10. WHY SHOULD AN INSTITUTION DEVELOP THEIR OWN MOOCS?
      11. SPOCs: ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE?
      12. THE CULTURAL DIMENSION
      13. CONCLUSION
      14. REFERENCES
      15. ADDITIONAL READING
      16. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 2: Redemption through MOOCs?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE EDUCTIONAL PROCESS AND ITS DISAGGREGATION
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 3: The Use of MOOCs in the Continuing Education of Individuals and Organisations
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. THE MODERN LEARNING LANDSCAPE
      4. 3. THE NEED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING
      5. 4. ABOUT MOOCs
      6. 5. MOOCS IN INTRA-ORGANISATIONAL CONTINUING EDUCATION
      7. 6. PROPOSITIONS
      8. 7. EPILOGUE
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      12. ENDNOTES
    4. Chapter 4: MOOCs Business Models
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE MOOCS BUSINESS MODEL
      4. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH AREAS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  9. Section 2: Pedagogical Concerns in MOOCs
    1. Chapter 5: Requirements Capture Analysis for MOOCS in Higher Education
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OF VLEs AND MOOCs
      4. WHAT SHOULD MOOCs DELIVER
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 6: Learning Theories Supporting Massive Open Online Courses
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. LEARNING THEORIES SUPPORTING MOOCs
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 7: Learning Objects in MOOC
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. BACKGROUND TO LEARNING OBJECTS AND MOOC
      3. POTENTIAL FOR OERs IN MOOC
      4. DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, AND SUSTAINABILITY OF LEARNING OBJECTS
      5. LONGEVITY OF SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIVE LEARNING OBJECT DEVELOPMENT
      6. THE EFFECT OF SUBJECT DISCIPLINE ON THE SUCCESS OF MOOC
      7. CHALLENGES FOR MOOC
      8. GOOD PRACTICES WITH LEARNING OBJECTS WITHIN MOOC
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
    4. Chapter 8: Assessment Activities in Massive Open On-Line Courses
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW MOOC PARADIGM IN ASSESSMENTS
      5. COMPARISON OF ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES IN DIFFERENT MOOC PLATFORMS
      6. THE AUTHORING OF ASSESSMENTS
      7. LEARNING ANALYTICS FOR ASSESSMENTS IN MOOCs
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      11. REFERENCES
      12. ADDITIONAL READING
      13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      14. ENDNOTES
    5. Chapter 9: Using Visualization to Understand Transformations in Learning and Design in MOOCs
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TRANSFORMATION
      4. LEARNING IN MOOCS
      5. DRAWING AND INTERPRETING FOOTPRINTS OF EMERGENCE
      6. CLUSTERS
      7. THE LEARNER
      8. THE TEACHER/DESIGNER
      9. RESEARCHERS
      10. CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
  10. Section 3: Case Studies about MOOCs
    1. Chapter 10: MOOC Bullying in Schools
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE MOOC BULLYING IN SCHOOLS: CHARACTERIZATION AND INTERVENTION
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      8. ENDNOTE
    2. Chapter 11: Toward Mobile Assisted Language MOOCs
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LANGUAGE MOOCS
      4. LMOOCS AND MOBILE ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      8. ENDNOTES
  11. Section 4: Bridge between MOOC and Work
    1. Chapter 12: Massive Online Open Course Assisted Mechatronics Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RESEARCH MOTIVATION
      5. PROPOSED SOLUTION
      6. CASE STUDY DESCRIPTION
      7. HYBRID APPROACH IMPLEMENTATION
      8. RESULTS ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION
      9. LIMITATIONS AND FUTURE WORK
      10. CONCLUSION
      11. REFERENCES
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Compilation of References
  13. About the Contributors