By Eric Wearne
Massively Open Online Courses (“MOOCs”) are a growing trend in higher education. According to Educause’s “7 Things you Should Know About MOOCs
,” they are simply “a model for delivering learning content online to virtually any person—with no limit on attendance—who wants to take the course.”
Sometimes these courses are attached to colleges and offer credit, but often they are free to anyone who wants to “attend” and learn the content, usually at the student’s own pace. To give just one example, Georgia Tech runs a MOOC
focused on instructional technology, which currently includes 31 weeks of content, is free, and can be accessed whenever learners have the time.
Multiple recent projects have explored higher education’s…