The Evolution of Online Learning and Related Tools and Techniques toward MOOCs

The Evolution of Online Learning and Related Tools and Techniques toward MOOCs

Drew Parker (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Kamal Masri (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8324-2.ch012
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Abstract

The latest development in the online learning environment, Massive Open Online Courses, dubbed ‘MOOC,' has garnered considerable attention both within and without the academy. This chapter discusses tools and technologies that can support the development of a MOOC, and concludes with commentary about the potential for such a development to continue into mainstream postsecondary education. This chapter delivers a small yet meaningful contribution to the discussion within the book section ‘RIA and education practice of MOOCs,' aligning to the discussion on the topic of ‘educational training design.'
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Tools And Opportunities

Online discussion and presentation tools offer hybrid opportunities to assist course designers to move from a contemporary face to face model toward an online offering. These follow a spectrum moving away from controlled discussion toward larger and larger potential audiences. This section highlights some of the opportunities, and discusses their potential use in face-to-face, ‘traditional’ online offerings, and new MOOCs.

Much discussion exists about ‘hybrid’ course offerings, and one can only surmise that the face of postsecondary education is poised for change. The challenge becomes protecting the integrity and quality of the educational process. This includes insuring materials turned in come from the individual being evaluated and retaining the ongoing effectiveness of course offerings. Several tools are discussed for this.

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