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

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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 publicationMacro-Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies and Predictions for the Future
EditorsElspeth McKay, John Lenarcic
Place of PublicationHershey, USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781466683259
ISBN (Print)9781466683242
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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