The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

David George Glance, Martin Forsey, Myles Riley, Transforming the Curriculum: South African Imperatives and 21st Century, May 07, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article focuses exclusively on xMOOCs - it's interesting to me to see how the research method effectively steered the author completely away from cMOOCs. It was, essentially: using keywords  when searching as follows: 'online learning', 'retrieval learning', 'mastery learning', 'peer assessment', 'short video AND lectures', 'short videos AND education' and 'online forums AND learning' - yes, that will pretty effective eliminate any discussion of cMOOCs; this is what you call presupposing your research outcome in your search methodology. The authors note more than once how off it is that the MOOCs they were studying resembled traditional online courses.

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