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Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. The Maturing of the MOOC. Literature review of Massive Open Online Courses and other forms of Online Distance Learning. 2013. Pages: 123.
Commissioned by the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, this report gives an overview of the existing literature on the topic of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The review study consists of three parts. After a brief explanation of MOOCs and a summary of the recent development in the field, the first chapter assesses the literature dealing with MOOCs. As such, the authors distinguish between three sources of literature on this topic:
The study gives an overview of the discourse related to MOOCs and categorises different approaches towards the subject. Chapter two deals with business and financial issues and is similarly subdivided into three further parts:
Chapter three end with conclusions, policy recommendations and potential further research recommendations. Throughout the study, a strong focus is being put on the general discourse around MOOCs and their potential impact on learning and higher education.
For all those interested in MOOCs, a conference organised by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education and i-Graduate International Insight will deal in more detail with questions on the impact of current developments in online learning. The conference will take place on 11-12 December 2013 in London and will offer an opportunity to discuss online learning developments and their impact on student mobility, gaining of qualifications and international networks.