Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs were designed to

-expand educational access to lower socioeconomic classes
-be flexible and customizable
-disrupt higher education norms

Types of MOOCs/Defining characteristics

-cMOOCs: Decentralized, collaborative

-xMOOCs: Centralized, instructor made modules

-Hybrid: Best of both

-Level of instructor involvement varies


Most are similar to face-to-face classes

Development of a critical cyber pedagogy


Currently used extensively in natural and applied sciences

Little to no space for interrogating information


Is access the only thing that lower SES and developing countries lack?

Technology becomes the tool for domination

Situates consumer and producers of knowledge

Highly educated more likely to enroll

MOOCs and consolidation of institutional power

Who pays to develop MOOCs

Future of MOOCs

-Skill gap

-Partnering with Google, Instagram, etc.


Revenue Stream

  • Replace textbooks
  • Replace both survey and specialized classes
  • Competency-based education
  • Secondary teacher PL


Mercer C&I Syllabus


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