MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Routledge – 2015 – 396 pages.
Edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds.
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MOOCs and Open Education is an interesting and promising edited collection related to massive open online courses (MOOC) and open education resources (OER). Blended learning has rapidly progressed in terms of interactivity and the ability to reach participants in all parts of the world since the emergence of the Internet. The life-changing technological influence of the World Wide Web offers potent kinds of communication and interaction which are essential for learning technology. There are few trends in e-learning over the past half-century that can match the sudden arrival of these massive open online courses. It is no longer possible to cover these MOOC courses with one definition because there are many different categories of massive open online courses. Some massive open online courses are based on prerecorded video discussions plus facilitated interaction or discussion forums. Some massive open online courses are a supply-side response to increases in the demand for erudition and digital learning. Massive open online courses are unmistakably becoming a relevant catalyst for innovations in digital elearning technology. MOOCs and Open Education Around the World considers the basis for understanding the unprecedented educational opportunities available to individual professors academics, universities, and societies. This 2015 Routledge edited collection describes many big gains in massive open online courses (MOOCs). This interesting new book also explores open educational resources and online education issues. The front matter of this book includes Forward #1 by George Siemens. To learn more please see this books about open education website.