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Digital Pedagogy - A Guide for Librarians, Faculty, and Students

This guide is meant to inform the user about Digital Pedagogy. It includes information on educational theory, a collection of case studies, and resources relevant to the study of digital pedagogy.

MOOCs - Benefits

In her article, “Academic Libraries in the Age of MOOCs,” Wu lists the philosophical and practical benefits of MOOCs.

MOOCs can have the benefit of:

  • from a philosophical perspective, turning higher education into a public good, by allowing anyone to enroll in the courses.
  • MOOCs give an opportunity to connect openly on a global scale, with global learners
  • The ability to experiment with pedagogical methods on a vast scale
  • MOOCs typically collect data on student behaviour, which can be mined, including data on motivation, online interaction, team collaboration, and learning habits
  • Positive disruption at the higher education and high school levels, in terms of pedagogy
  • Can aid in the flipped classroom scenario

Challenges of MOOCs

Challenges of MOOCs

Along with positive features, there are also some concerns around MOOCs. Creed-Dikeogu and Clark state that:

  • they are not an educational panacea
  • they are not yet evolved enough to provide thorough peer assessment methodology, robust business revenue models, stabilized retention rates, successful pedagogical design, or resolution for cheating and plagiarism.
  • There are frequent concerns with the actual platforms on which the MOOCs are delivered on experiencing technical difficulties. 
  • Assessment tends to consist of Multiple choice questions
  • Those enrolled rarely or never have the opportunity to write a research paper
  • It is difficult for participants to build relationship with prof
  • It often replicates the sage on the stage scenario as MOOCs often lack effective instructional design
  • The authors also emphasize that Instructional design best practices need to be followed.