Online Learning Update

November 13, 2013

Developing countries and the MOOC learning revolution

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Allison Littlejohn, the Conversation

Researchers from the Caledonian Academy at Glasgow Caledonian University have been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate what strategies and behaviours people adopt while studying on MOOCS in the hope of adding some evidence to the debate. The Harvard MOOC will be subject to investigation as part of this work as it reflects the priorities of the Gates Foundation. Work roles are evolving rapidly so learning for work has to be personalised and self-regulated. That could well mean that MOOCs have the potential to become an integral part of an individual’s career. But organisations have not yet taken advantage of the widespread social, semantic technologies – such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin – that could support self-regulated learning. The MOOC environment provides new structures and mechanisms for learning through interaction and feedback. However, a MOOC is still structured as “course”, which has a long tradition of accepted values and norms. Learners put in a certain amount of study time, receive information from tutors and can even take tests.

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