Deceptive promises: The meaning of MOOCs-Hype for higher education

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    Abstract

    Since 2011, massive open online courses (MOOCs) fired the imagination of the general public as well as the academics, university administrators and investors alike. This chapter is an analysis of the main promises and expectations associated with MOOCs in higher education. This analysis is largely informed by a literature review of new extensive research reports, press releases, media articles, scholarly blogs and academic papers. Considering costs and benefits, ethical aspects and the impact on the landscape of higher education, the author explores whether MOOCs stay consistent with their initial promises and rhetoric. This chapter continues the discussion on the book section 'RIA and education practice of MOOCs,' with the particular focus on the topic of 'educational training design.'

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBlended Learning
    Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
    PublisherIGI Global
    Chapter34
    Pages691-701
    Number of pages11
    Volume4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781522507840
    ISBN (Print)1522507833, 9781522507833
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2016

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    Popenici, S. (2016). Deceptive promises: The meaning of MOOCs-Hype for higher education. In Blended Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Vol. 4, pp. 691-701). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0783-3.ch034