Introduction

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs as they are now commonly known, have become media buzzwords in recent years, attracting both positive and critical coverage in the mainstream press across the world, as well as many thousands of online articles, discussions, and tweets. With the arrival of MOOCs, educational technology, and its role in the future of higher education, has crossed over from the purview of academics, parents, and students to be topics that engage the public. Everyone seems to have an opinion about MOOCs and whether they hold fantastic promise for the future of higher education and are likely to open up higher education qualifications to many millions of people at low or marginal cost, or whether they are simply the ...

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