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Wenner - Gren International Series Volume 88 

From Books to MOOCs? Emerging Models of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 

Edited by Erik De Corte, Lars Engwall and Ulrich Teichler 

Year of publication: 2016 
ISBN: 978-185578-200-6

Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which first appeared in the USA in 2008, have, of late, been hyped in the higher education space, and have evolved substantially world-wide in the last few years. In view of the fact that past applications of technological tools in education have not redeemed the high expectations for innovation, an interesting question is whether this latest development in the use of ICT will fundamentally change and improve higher education. A particularly important issue concerns how and to what degree it will have an impact on policies and practices of learning and teaching in higher education institutions. In this volume, researchers in the field of educational technology, MOOC developers and users critically analyse and discuss the current state-of-the-art from different perspectives. In addition, the volume presents views on possible future developments and influences of open and flexible digital learning and teaching. This book is based on the presentations and discussions at a symposium held in Stockholm in late May 2015, arranged jointly by the Academia Europaea and the Wenner-Gren Foundations. 


Frontmatter (Preface, Contributors, Abbreviations) 

The hype of MOOCs  
Erik De Corte, Lars Engwall and Ulrich Teichler 

Part I: MOOCs, Teachers and Students 

How should professors adapt to the changing digital education environment? 
Diana Laurillard 

The complications of the orchestration clock  
Pierre Dillenbourg, Nan Li and Łukasz Kidziński 

MOOCs as social practice: a kaleidoscope of perspectives 
Mark Brown 

MOOCs as components of rich landscapes of learning 
Gerhard Fischer 

Part II: Research on MOOCs 

MOOC research: some of what we know and avenues for the future 
Lori Breslow 

Learning from MOOCs: lessons for the future 
Jeff Haywood 

Opportunities and challenges for the future of MOOCs and open education in Europe
Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Yves Punie and Jonatan Castano Munoz 

Looking to the edges: future perspectives 
Robin Middlehurst 

Part III: Economics of MOOCs 

The high costs of ‘free’ online education: some observations and policy suggestions 
Michael A. Cusumano 

Are MOOCs sustainable?  
Devayani Tirthali 

Part IV: Emerging Models 

The flipped classroom: a model for active student learning 
Gunnar Karlsson and Sverker Janson 

Structural implications of MOOCs: low grade tremors?
Tim Gore 

MOOCs for Norway: new digital learning methods in higher education 
Berit Kjeldstad 

Inter-university use of tutored online courses: an alternative to MOOCs 
Paul Ruhl 

Part V: Epilogue 

From books to MOOCs: final reflections 
Piet Henderikx 

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