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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

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This short course will explore massive open online courses, commonly known as MOOCs. Usually offered by universities in combination with an online provider, MOOCs draw tens of thousands of students on a wide range of topics, and are growing ever more common. This course is a quick introduction to the MOOC phenomena, and will discuss what MOOCs are, where they came from, and look at the different types of MOOCs. It will investigate different perspectives on the role and influence of MOOCs in higher education: do they live up to the hype?

Course Dates

This course ran from 7 December to 9 December, 2016, with 3 posts throughout this period (one per day). You are welcome to access them at any time using the links below.


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We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.

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