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MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released |

MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released | | Open and online learning |

Issue number 33 of eLearning Papers focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a trend in education that has skyrocketed since 2008. 


Among other topics, eLearning Papers 33 explores whether MOOCs may be a viable solution for education in developing countries and analyses the role of these emerging courses in the education system, especially in higher education. Furthermore, valuable examples from the field are presented, such as the quad-blogging concept and a game-based MOOC developed to promote entrepreneurship education.

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Gina Anderson CEO Mopi16 's curator insight, May 13, 2013 8:19 AM

We are going to see research in the next 3-5 years coming in about the beneficts and challenges of MOOC's. Interesting to me are the business models. Great marketing tool for those who have a current base of clients. 

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 6, 2013 2:34 AM

I have little to add to this other than that the collection of papers provides a distinctive European perspective on MOOCs. As a consequence (?), the focus is more on the pedagogy than on the economics of higher education (@pbsloep)

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MOOC, a European view - Yves Epelboin

MOOC, a European view - Yves Epelboin | Open and online learning |

"Back from the United States, after a visit to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia, and having attended the 2012 Educause conference in Denver, this memo summerizes my understanding of MOOC, an initiative launched by several well known American universities. My main purpose was to understand what is behind this enthusiasm and how it can be translated to European universities.


The new concept, here, is the need to process large masses of students, requiring automatic control and monitoring with minimal human intervention. In other words “flipped learning” appears as a revolution in pedagogy, not because it is is more efficient, but because it is needed to handle large numbers of students. 


European universities must enter the movement. Otherwise all the space will be filled by initiatives coming from other places. The motivation to establish a MOOC, in Europe, can not be the same as in the United States, because the socio-economic context, the cost of education, the role of the state to define the university strategy, are completely different."

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 3, 2013 6:47 AM

After sketching the socio-economic context in which MOOCs arose in the USA, Yves Epelboin, Director IT for Teaching and Learning at UPMC-Sorbonne Universités, attempts to draw a lesson for the European situation. Interestingly, although the socio-economics of European universities are quite different than those of US universities, he still feels that 'European universities must enter the movement', otherwise the Americans will have taken over our eduction. This fear is heart more widely, and it is of course not entirely unthinkable something like this could happen. After all, the entertainment industry has gone the American way and so have the big social media. However, before jumping onto the MOOC bandwagon, it would be useful to investigate a little better what the effect is of the differences in socio-economical situation between the USA and Europe, indeed, among European countries. Does it affect the chances of success of MOOCs, does it affect the way MOOCs should be put together? I believe the answer to both is 'yes'. Also, perhaps the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities ( has something useful to add to this discussion. After all, they represent some 20 years of experience with distance teaching collaboration in Europe. Finally, perhaps in Europe we should focus our attention on sharing Open Educational Resources more widely? One thing seems to be important, though. Countries in Europe in which tuition hikes are steep are probable more susceptible to MOOCing their eduction than others. We should carefully monitor therefore what goes on in the UK. (@pbsloep)