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Digital Futures by Lorraine Estelle, Martyn Harrow, Martin Hall

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Chapter 1

MOOCs

David Kernohan,    Jisc

This chapter considers MOOCs, their value and possible futures.

Keywords

MOOCs; higher education; government; policy

As the MOOC snowball – it was never an avalanche, for all the feverous hope of former Blairite aides – crumbles and melts across the stinging and red-raw face of UK higher education, what should be our reaction? The icy water of the postulated disruption trickles down the collective institutional neck as we wonder if we should join the jeering young upstarts in their game, or maintain our distance and dignity.

Or are we too late? The painful brilliant ice thrown back in 2012 has become a greying slush, a dampening rather than a disruption. As the shining crystals decompose, should we be preparing ...

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