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MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning

  • ISBN-13: 9781421417790
  • Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Author: Rhoads, Robert A.
  • Price: AUD $58.99
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  • Local release date: 14/12/2015
  • Format: Hardback (229.00mm X 152.00mm) 184 pages Weight: 408g
  • Categories: Economics, finance, business & management [K]Higher & further education, tertiary education [JNM]
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In MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning, Robert A. Rhoads places the Open Course Ware (OCW) movement into the larger context of a revolution in educational technology. In doing so, he seeks to bring greater balance to increasingly polarized discussions of massively open online courses (MOOCs) and show their ongoing relevance to reforming higher education and higher learning.Rhoads offers a provocative analysis of a particular moment in history when cultural, political, and economic forces came together with evolving teaching and learning technologies to bring about the MOOC. He argues persuasively that the OCW and MOOC movements have had a significant impact on the digitalization of knowledge and that they have helped expand the ways students and teachers interact and develop ideas collaboratively. He also critically analyses the extensive media coverage of MOOCs while examining empirical studies of MOOC content delivery, the organizational system supporting the OCW/MOOC movement, and faculty labour concerns.Too often, technology advocates champion the MOOC movement as a solution to higher education's challenges without recognizing the pedagogical, social, and economic costs. MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning challenges many of the democratic claims made by MOOC advocates, pointing to vast inequities in the ways MOOCs are presented as an alternative to brick-and-mortar access for low-income populations. This book offers a clear-eyed perspective on the potential and peril of this new form of education.

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. The Organizational System of the World of the MOOC
3. Connectivism, Social Learning, and the cMOOC/xMOOC Distinction
4. Blowback and Resistance to the MOOC Movement
5. Conclusion
Notes
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""Professor Rhoads chronicles the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 2008 to 2014...Recommended [for] upper-division undergraduates through graduates, faculty and professional readers.""

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