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.'
|Title of host publication||Macro-Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)|
|Subtitle of host publication||Strategies and Predictions for the Future|
|Editors||Elspeth McKay, John Lenarcic|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, USA|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Mar 2015|