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MOOCs and the expansion of open knowledge

MOOCs and the expansion of open knowledge

  • Author: López Meneses, Eloy; Sarasola Sánchez-Serrano, José Luis; Vázquez Cano, Esteban
  • Publisher: Octaedro
  • Serie: Educación universitaria
  • ISBN: 9788499217024
  • Place of publication:  Barcelona , Spain
  • Year: 2015
  • Pages: 109

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Ever since massive open online courses (MOOCs) started in 2008, we have

witnessed six exciting years in the world of education. A new education

landscape has come into being and the time has come to take a closer look

at its defining features. This book presents some straightforward keys to

understanding the MOOC movement. We aim at providing readers with a

clear and precise contextual framework for building and spreading open

knowledge. We wanted to avoid a glorified picture of MOOCs; as usual

when innovations captivate the educational and global academic worlds,

initial fever has given way to controversies that we did not want to leave

unanswered. Readers will therefore be exposed to the pros and cons of

the movement, enabling them to form their own educated opinion about

the free and massive principles applying to general and Higher Education.

If you google the MOOC acronym, you’ll obtain more than 2 billion

search results including articles, blogs, news, forums, databases ... This

amount of data is difficult to apprehend. Here, in 25,000 words, we put

you on the main tracks to start your MOOC journey. We have tried to

clear the way, place sign-posts and direct the MOOC-hiker on a course,

free of initial obstacles. Fetch your torch and bag, and when you’ve finished

reading, head “To infinity...and beyond!” (Toy Story).