A Policy Brief on MOOCs
A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course that normally requires no prior qualifications for entry, can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection, and includes large or very large numbers of learners (generally 1,000 or more); scalability is its distinguishing aspect. In addition, a learner must use a laptop or desktop computer, a tablet computer or a smartphone to gain access to a MOOC. To date, typical learners in a MOOC are individuals with an existing degree, often middle-class professionals. MOOC users also are often below 30 years of age. However, MOOCs have a wide reach, with different courses appealing to very different demographics.
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Policy Brief: Leveraging MOOCs for Teacher Development in Low-Income Countries and Disadvantaged Regions Traxler, John; Ogange, Betty; Commonwealth of Learning (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2021-11)This policy brief looks at open digital distance learning and the potential of massive open online courses to deliver and support teacher development in low-income countries and disadvantaged regions. It addresses the ...
Porter, David (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) & Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2014-09)Week 4: MOOC Platforms, module 8 of the MOOC on MOOC course offered by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) & Commonwealth of Learning (COL), September 2014. This resource contains a video link, slides as well ...
Porter, David (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2014)For six weeks beginning October 2, 2013, IIT Kanpur and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) delivered a massive open online course (MOOC) on the topic of mobiles for development (M4D). This report provides a pedagogical review ...
Bates, Tony (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2021-06)High-quality digital learning offers potential economic and social advantages but also could easily lead to a widening gap between economically advanced and low-income countries. Within countries without suitable policy, ...
Norman, Solvig; Porter, David (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2007)he phrase “learning object” (LO) comes from the idea of objectoriented programming, where parts of computer code are reused for various software applications. This concept was transferred to re-purposing content for different ...