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What is xMOOC

Handbook of Research on Education and Technology in a Changing Society
A more traditionally organized post-secondary online course utilizing more familiar higher education teaching methods such as pre-recorded lectures, texts and quizzes, usually sponsored by universities or commercial entities and which may offer certificates and/or course credits.
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Massive Open Online Courses: An Educational Revolution
Albert C. Jurenas (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6046-5.ch002
With the creation of online courses, colleges and universities created flexibility for students virtually impossible a few years earlier. No longer would a sizeable percentage of students be prevented from taking courses at their institution because of a conflict with a varying and sometimes arbitrary schedule of classes taught at a specific time in a specific place. Now students could avail themselves of learning opportunities at a time and place of their own choosing. Despite this increased freedom, students were still bound by entrance requirements, prerequisites, and institutional affiliations. With the creation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the first decade of the 21st century, many, if not most, of these restrictions disappeared. Now post-secondary coursework is available free to virtually anyone who wants to enroll, with age, finances status, institutional affiliation, experience, and geography ceasing to be barriers. This chapter reviews the history of distance education, discusses the emergence and characteristics of MOOCs, and identifies some of the more pressing challenges such courses pose to students, faculties, and institutions themselves.
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MOOCs for Enhancing Engineering Education
In an xMOOC, the MOOC is designed to be in addition to something else (for example a university course).
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A Typology of MOOCS
The x is for eXtended course, or classroom extended online. The term is often applied to the earliest of open courses. They reach massive audiences through the online presentation of course content.
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MOOCs in the Global Context
A content-focused, highly structured and usually canned course for large student populations with pre-recorded video lectures, automated quizzes, and machine exams supplemented with peer assessment activities.
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Principled/Digital: Composition's “Ethics of Attunement” and the Writing MOOC
The current, popular form of massive open online course. Defined by a “one to many” model in which information is distributed to learners from a centralized source.
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Getting “Girly” Online: The Case for Gendering Online Spaces
Based on traditional university courses, xMOOCs are intended to offer higher education opportunities to more students, but are often criticized for being less rigorous and inferior to face-to-face courses in regards to student-teacher interactions.
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A Multi-Criteria Decision Making Approach for Evaluation of MOOCs Platforms
An xMOOC relies on a more traditional model of education, based on lectures recorded in videos, and usually is well-financed.
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A (Critical) Distance: Contingent Labor, MOOCs, and Teaching Online
Similar to traditional classroom courses; the type of MOOC primarily offered by corporations like Udacity and edX.
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