Are massive open online courses (MOOCs) enabling a new pedagogy?

Posted on June 30th, 2015

Contact North, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, recently published an article looking at the extent to which MOOCs are enabling new pedagogies. The article highlights examples of the initial progress towards MOOCs changing the way students earn credit, the ways in which MOOCs can influence faculty perceptions of online and blended learning, and the contribution of MOOCs to the quality of online learning. Regarding this last point, the article says that a crucial determinant of quality is the access to a team with specialized expertise beyond content, but that many MOOCs still fall short in terms of quality control and at the point of delivery.