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Stephen Downes

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This study offers a useful and important counterweight to studies focused on U.S.-based MOOCs. "The most well-known for-profit MOOC providers are used for widening participation," writes Sarah Lambert, "but they are certainly not the whole picture." From the abstract: "In contrast to the existing literature, this study found that there was a flourishing of multi-lingual and Languages other than English (LOTE) programs and those addressing regional socio-economic disadvantage." Interestingly, "the review also found that the legal status of the learning materials (copyright or openly licenced) was of little consequence so long as it was free to the end user." And, "What seemed to matter most was the intentional and collaborative design for disadvantaged cohorts."

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