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Internet Learning

Internet Learning

Article Title

Many Shades of MOOCs

Abstract

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) represent an innovation in teaching and learning around which there is keen interest and much experimentation. MOOCs are being developed using different pedagogical approaches for different purposes and for different audiences. Starting with a theoretical framework to identify significant differences in basic approaches to MOOCs, this paper presents a set of four case studies of MOOCs developed and delivered in 2013 by four different institutions, community colleges as well as universities, on four different platforms with different approaches, purposes, and intended audiences. An examination of the association between the purpose and audience of these MOOCs, their design considerations, and their outcomes raises important questions for future research.

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