MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Routledge Chapman & Hall (2015).
Edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds.
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MOOCs and Open Education is an exceptional and promising book pertaining to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open educational resources (OER). Electronic education technology has rapidly progressed in terms of interactivity and the opportunity to reach learners in nations all around the world since the emergence of the Internet. The life-changing technological impact of the information superhighway provides kinds of communication and interaction which are essential for digital educational technology. There are hardly any trends in online learning technology over the past half-century that can match the sudden arrival of MOOCs. It is no longer possible to cover these MOOCs with one definition because there are many different categories of MOOCs. Some MOOC courses are based on prerecorded video lectures plus facilitated interaction or discussion forums. Some massive open online courses are a supply-side effort to meet recent increases in the demand for teaching and learning and training. These MOOC courses are decidedly a powerful change agent influencing education today.
MOOCs and Open Education Around the World investigates the potential of digital e-learning technology to provide access to new opportunities. This Routledge Chapman & Hall edited collection addresses many key changes in massive open online courses (MOOCs). This new book also analyzes open educational resources (OER) and online education topics. The front matter of this book includes Forward #1 by George Siemens. This book is about “MOOCs and Open Education: Historical and Critical Reflections” and includes Chapter #1 which is titled “The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure”. The second part of this book is about “Open Education Opportunities Now and On the Horizon” and includes Chapter #6 by Laura Czerniewicz, Glenda Cox, Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and Michelle Willmers which is titled “Open Education at the University of Cape Town”. For more information about this 2015 Routledge edited collection see this open education website.