MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Published: July 1, 2015.
Edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds.
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MOOCs and Open Education Around the World is an interesting and promising book about massively open online courses (MOOC) and open education resources (OER). Online learning has quickly developed in terms of interactivity and the capacity to reach learners in all parts of the world since the emergence of the Internet. The transformative technological impact of the World Wide Web makes possible powerful kinds of communication and interaction which are essential for online education. There are few trends in blended learning over the past few decades that can match the sudden arrival of massively open online courses. It has become impossible to cover these MOOC courses with one definition because there are many different categories of MOOC courses. Some MOOC courses are based on prerecorded video conversations plus facilitated interaction or discussion forums. Some MOOC courses are a supply-side effort to respond to decades-long increases in the demand for teaching and e-learning. Massively open online courses are plainly a powerful change agent influencing distance learning today.
MOOCs and Open Education describes the basis for understanding the unprecedented educational opportunities available to individual intellectuals academics, universities, and societies. This Routledge book explores numerous important changes in massively open online courses (MOOCs). This appealing new book also deals with educational resources and online education topics. The front matter of this book includes Forward #1 by George Siemens. The first part of this book is about “MOOCs and Open Education: Historical and Critical Reflections” and includes Chapter #1. This book includes Chapter #4 by Gerard L. Hanley. To find out more about this Routledge Chapman & Hall edited collection see this instructional design website.