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Ten Useful Reports on #MOOCs and Online Education

Supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals. ICDE was founded in 1938 in Canada as the International Council for Correspondence Education and today has members from over 60 countries worldwide. Recently, ICDE had provided a digest of reports and papers published over the past year on MOOCs and online education. 

MOOCs: Expectations and Reality. Report from Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, USA
This report draws on interviews with 62 US institutions, half of which were already offering MOOCs, and seeks to investigate the goals behind the decision to create such online courses, including extending reach and access, brand building, improving economics, improving educational outcomes, innovation in teaching, and research objectives. It concludes that MOOCs will continue to play a role in hybrid delivery models, could make more fundamental changes to higher education if credentials of economic value can be offered, and that they also have the potential to catalyze the development of true adaptive learning experiences. It concludes with recommendations for administrators, researchers and policy makers.
Published: May 2014, 211 pages

Disruptor, Distracter, or What? A Policymaker’s Guide to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
This paper, funded by Google, argues that MOOCs can serve as a tool for enhancing higher education and career training if properly deployed. It advises policy makers to investigate where online courses can expand educational opportunity, and where students might be better served by other educational models. The paper presents the origins of the movement and some of the key platforms, describes the potential effects for higher education, outlines some early lessons, and finally discusses implications of these lessons for policy makers.
Published: May 2014, 39 pages

MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses. European University Association Occasional Paper. An update on developments in first paper published January 2013
This report addresses MOOCs from a European perspective. It notes that around one third of MOOCs around the world involve European higher education institutions, and asks how MOOCs could complement the structures and instruments developed in European Higher Education Area. It looks at business models, the effect on learning and teaching, and the more general impact on European universities. The report also includes a brief overview of developments in other areas of the world, including in China.
Published: January 2014, 35 pages

To check out these useful reports on MOOCs and online education, here is the link.

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